The Thai rainy season has brought with it another viral disease that is quickly spreading across the country.
Dengue fever has now affected more than 25,000 people across Thailand, an increase of 11,000 since the last reported fugues at the end of May. Of those who caught the fever, 15 have died.
The Department of Disease Control has issued a warning as more rain is forecast around the country, with hefty rain in some areas providing prime conditions for mosquitoes to lay eggs in water-filled places.
Director-General of the department, Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayinhcharoenchai, said that the fever, which profoundly affected Korat earlier this year, is now a national issue. He said:
“This fever has spread across the country. Chaiyaphum has the most dengue fever patients, followed by Rayong, Khon Kaen, Mae Hong Son, and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).”
The Director-General said that between January 1st and July 12th, a total of 25,708 cases of dengue fever were reported. The worst affected age groups were those between 15 and 24 years old, followed by children between 10 and 14 years old.
To combat the disease’s spread, he advised people to maintain cleanliness and watch out for mosquito breeding sites.
“The department would like to advise people to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by keeping their clothes inside wardrobes, disposing of garbage regularly, closing the lid of water-filled containers, and changing water in pots or vases every week. These recommendations will help people to avoid contracting dengue fever, the Zika virus or the Chikungunya virus.”
He also advised people to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and to utilize mosquito repellent.
Those who show signs of dengue fever, including muscle aches, high temperature, rashes, or decreased appetite, are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible.
More information about dengue fever is available from the Department of Disease Control on 1422.
Source: The Nation