In their August newsletter, the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) reported more than 2,230 children received medical treatment in July which was more than twice the caseload seen in April when travel and other restrictions were imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Outpatients and Emergency Room patients accounted for most of the caseload increase. Seventy-one infants were admitted to the Neonatal Unit in July, a slight increase from the 62 admissions in July 2019.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Laos has reported 22 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 35,500 suspected cases have been tested.

In addition to dealing with the ongoing COVID crisis, Lao has unfortunately also seen an increase in Dengue cases in 2020. At LFHC, 23 children have tested positive for dengue (81 dengue tests have been performed) and Lao health officials reported in early August that 235 cases of dengue had been diagnosed in Luang Prabang province. Dengue is endemic in Laos. Peak transmission occurs during warmer and wetter months, usually from May to October.

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