The outbreak of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) has infected 950 people with eight deaths in Myanmar’s Sagaing region in the last seven months, according to the Health Department.
During the period, residents in Yinmabin, Kale, Pale, Monywa and Salingyi towns in the region were mostly affected by the fever.
The DHF, a mosquito-borne disease, is mostly common in rainy season.
Overcrowding, lack of sanitation and unhygienic water storage are blamed for causing the infectious disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dengue infection is on the rise globally and is more likely to occur in tropical or subtropical regions.
Dengue fever is a syndrome which occurs from dengue virus that tends to affect children under 10, causing abdominal pain, hemorrhage (bleeding) and circulatory collapse (shock).
It begins abruptly with continuous high fever and headache, respiratory and intestinal symptoms, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.