HANOI, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of A/H1N1 influenza cases in Laos has risen to 242, Lao newspaper the Vientiane Times reported Wednesday.
Flu patients have been detected in ten municipalities and provinces of the country, said the newspaper.
As the flu cases continue to rise, Lao Minister of Health Ponmek Dalaloy urged all government sectors to increase screening and surveillance measures to deal with the influenza as a matter of priority, according to the newspaper.
Various ministries should have adequate plans in place to respond to any potential outbreak of the disease, particularly in rural areas of the country, said Ponmek.
The goals are to reduce the spread of the virus, decrease the number of infected people, avoid A/H1N1 related deaths and maintain socio-economic development, the newspaper quoted Ponmek as saying.
It is also the responsibility of the general public to be conscious of the symptoms of the A/H1N1 influenza and participate in general surveillance to prevent a possible outbreak, according to Ponmek.
Laos has reported one death of A/H1N1 influenza so far in the country.
Special Report: World Tackles A/H1N1 Flu ¡¡