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Dengue fever ‘not a large problem’ in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket people don’t need to worry about an outbreak of dengue fever on the island at this stage, but should still remain vigilant, says the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPPHO).

Friday 22 March 2013, 04:50PM


Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes.
Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes.

A spokesperson for the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office’s Disease Control Group told The Phuket News that during 2012, one person died from dengue fever and 355 others reportedly caught the disease.

“So far this year, from January to March 15, there have been 63 reported cases in Phuket, but no deaths,” the spokesperson said.

But she said dengue fever was not a large problem in Phuket because there were not so many cases.

Earlier this week, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) warned that the number of dengue fever cases is on the rise in the capital, and the spread of the tropical disease is likely to be more serious this year than previously.

The BMA’s health department has issued a statement saying that generally dengue fever tends to spread during the rainy season, but Bangkok has recently seen rising numbers of dengue infections during other seasons.

According to a report by the Disease Control Department, more than 2,000 people have been infected with the disease since the beginning of this year in Bangkok. Last year, a total of 10,081 cases were reported, with six fatalities.

The Phuket spokesperson said the organisation focused on providing helpful, educational resources to people about the correct ways to keep their community dengue-free.

“There are easy ways to kill the mosquito larvae. Members of each family need to encourage each other to check risky places where there is stagnant water, which are common places where the mosquitoes lay eggs.

Another way to get rid of the larvae is to use detergent or soap, and spray this onto the mosquito, which will kill it. A last resort was to get the Municipality to spray chemicals inside the house, which killed any larvae.

Anyone who has a problem with mosquito larvae should contact the health office in their area, (contact details here) who will investigate.

 

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