|Medical Facilities and Health Information||
Medical facilities and services in Laos are limited and do not meet Western standards. In Vientiane, U.S. citizens may wish to contact the Primary Care Center, also known as the Centre medical de L’Ambassade de France (CMAF), which is supported by the French Embassy. The CMAF is located on Khou Vieng Road across the street from the Green Park Hotel, tel. 856-21-214-150, or 856-20-5558-4617, or email. The Australian government also supports a fee-for-service clinic located at the Australian Embassy, which is located at Kilometer 4 on Thadeua Road, tel. 21-353-840. Both facilities have well-trained physicians who can handle routine and urgent health problems and provide travel medicine services. The Alliance Clinic, operated by the Wattana Hospital group from Thailand, is located in the Honda building near the airport. It has basic clinical services provided by Thai physicians.
U.S. citizens in Laos often seek medical care in Thailand. The Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane, Laos, to Nong Khai, Thailand, is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Officials generally will allow travelers to cross after hours in cases of medical emergency. AEK International Hospital (tel: 66-42-342-555) and North Eastern Wattana General Hospital, both in Udorn, Thailand (tel: 66-1-833-4262), have English-speaking staff accustomed to dealing with foreign patients. Ambulances for both AEK International Hospital and Nong Khai Wattana Hospital have permission to cross the Friendship Bridge to collect patients from Vientiane. In Vientiane, the Setthatirat Hospital ambulance (tel: 021-413-720) can take patients to Thailand. The Department of State assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of these hospitals.
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a problem throughout Southeast Asia. Please be aware of this problem and purchase pharmaceuticals only through the most reputable pharmacies and with a physician’s prescription.
Avian influenza (H5N1) continues to be a concern in Laos. In Laos and other Southeast Asian countries affected by avian influenza, you should avoid poultry farms, contact with animals in live food markets, and any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals.
|Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved||64.9%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved||28.5%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved||83.7%|
|HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate||0.2%|
|Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population||.7|
|People Living with HIV/AIDS||8,500|
|Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population||.19|
|Diseases - note||highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved||35.4%|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved||90.4%|
|Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved||50.5%|
|Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk||very high|
|Food or Waterborne Disease (s)||bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever|
|Vectorborne Disease (s)||dengue fever and malaria|
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