Thailand is dealing with a second deadly disease as dengue fever begins to spread rapidly due to the increase in water-logged areas caused by the rainy season.
The disease, spread by mosquitos, has affected more than 14,000 people nationwide between January 1st and May 25th this year. There have also been 11 deaths related to dengue fever during that time.
A report from the Bureau of Epidemiology states that 14,136 people were found to have caught dengue fever, a ratio of 21.28 people per 100,000 population.
The disease is problematic nationwide, with the most affected provinces of dengue fever cases per 100,000 population being Rayong with 73 per 100,000, Chaiyaphum with 58.13, Khon Kaen with 53.83, Mae Hong Son with 37.87, and Korat with 36.92.
The spread of the fever is not limited to just one area and has affected all regions of Thailand. The northeast (Isan) is the most affected region with 25.67 cases per 100,000 population, followed by the central region with 22.04, the southern region with 18.42, and the northern region with 14.14.
To control the outbreak, local volunteers have been sent to villages to spray repellents and try to kill mosquitos and their larvae.
People have also been asked to remove breeding grounds for larvae and to sleep under mosquito nets to reduce the chances of contracting the disease.
Source: Bangkok Post