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Dengue on the decline in Phuket

Dengue on the decline in Phuket

PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) has confirmed that the number of dengue fever cases in Phuket has decreased year-on-year and that it is no longer a cause for concern.

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Friday 10 May 2019, 11:42AM

Dr Thanit Sermkaew told The Phuket News on Thursday (May 9), “The situation is under control and nothing to worry about as the morbidity rate is not as high as it was last year and is decreasing.”

The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health reports that Phuket is currently ranked fourth out of the seven upper provinces of Southern Thailand.

A report in June 2018 had Phuket ranked first nationally (See story here) with an average of approximately 71 cases per month between January and June 2018.

This year, Phuket has recorded an average of 36 cases per month between January and May.

The seven provinces in order of morbidity rates in descending order are: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ranong and Chumphon.

The PPHO reported that from Jan 1, 2019 to May 2, 2019 Phuket recorded 144 cases of dengue fever and no deaths – a morbidity rate of 35.76 per 100,000 based on the official registered population of 402,707.

The national morbidity rate currently stands at 27.41 per 100,000 meaning Phuket has over 30% more cases than the national average.

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However, it is openly accepted that after accounting for the number of Thais living on the island but not registered here, plus the expats living in Phuket and the number of tourists on the island on any given day, the island’s population is very likely to be more than double the official figure. Hence Phuket’s morbidity figures are higher than the actual numbers.

Breaking down the report, Kathu District recorded the highest morbidity rate with 38 cases or 66.78 per 100,000 when the report was compiled. Thalang District had 37 cases (36.23 per 100,000), and Mueang District (Phuket Town and the southern end of the island) had 68 cases (28.31 per 100,000).

In terms of subdistricts (tambon), Karon had 10 cases (125.55 per 100,000 people), Patong had 21 cases (99.88 per 100,000), Kamala had six cases (87.72 per 100,000), Koh Kaew had nine cases (61.98 per 100,000), and Pa Klok had 10 cases (61.15 per 100,000).

Southern Thailand recorded the highest morbidity rates in the country at 35.56 cases per 100,000 people. Northern Thailand was lowest at 16.10 per 100,000.

Between Jan 1, 2019 and Apr 30, 2019 there were 18,105 cases of dengue with 24 deaths recorded.

Dr Thanit explained that although the situation in Phuket is improving, the PPHO continues with its intensive measures to control and prevent the virus.

“The measures we implemented last year will continue as we work to reduce the number of mosquitoes and mosquito bites occurring by fogging and eliminating key breeding areas,” he said.

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Christy Sweet | 13 May 2019 - 09:17:35

10 weeks w/o rain will have an effect on mosquito densities. Now to get my pig neighbors to gather up all the trash in their yard so it doesn't collect water- ditto the rubber tree containers. What do they teach these people in school?  

Kurt | 12 May 2019 - 19:54:51

Peter Rawai is right. The other virus is Chikungunya fever what goes around. Specially in Rawai/NaiHarn area.  Rawai Orbor Tor remains silent about that. They of course not like to give themselves a certificate of incompetence when it comes to failing in keeping up health care of their people, That cost money! So, remain silent, or deny it, until you can't any longer.

peter rawai | 12 May 2019 - 13:45:00

In soi namjai rawai in the last 10 months first my stepson came down with dengue fever, a month later i had it and three months ago my neighbor had dengue fever also
Quite a few of the people
 living in our area have had dengue fever as well, also one of the local residents recently died from the other mosquito born virus going around the area, if you complain to the OBT they do nothing about it

Kurt | 11 May 2019 - 12:04:42

Where are the budgets for protecting personal equipment of these workers and firemen going too? The government is not stupid, it knows these people need sufficient equipment ( like in Singapore, for example). Treat your workers as human being, not as being disposable.

Kurt | 11 May 2019 - 12:00:02

These poor applicators even wear a T-shirt + just slippers! Without any knowledge of skin and respiration diseases they can get, working daily with these chemicals. Guess their bosses don't know either. If they do than it are criminals. Letting their staff working this way without any sufficient equipment.  Same counts for Phuket firemen. Poor personal protection equipment. Cheap, cheap.

BenPendejo | 10 May 2019 - 18:57:03

I also meant to mention the concerns over these poor uneducated pesticide applicators.  Providing these guys with a simple dust mask is like giving a welder a pair of sunglasses...way inadequate.  For the length and frequency of exposure, these poor guys should be wearing the appropriate respirator with chemical filtration canisters, which should also be changed on a regular basis.

BenPendejo | 10 May 2019 - 18:49:55

HaHa..."“The situation is under control and nothing to worry about". Sounds more like a PR statement...much like the Governor telling everyone "the ocean water tests are all good, the ocean is clean!"...even dabbing the black fetid water on his cheeks.  Credibility is low here, with all "official announcements" to be taken with a grain of salt.  

Rorri_2 | 10 May 2019 - 12:49:40

"This year, Phuket has recorded an average of 36 cases per month between January and May," now, here's my theory, it is due, not to any prevention program, but simply because of the "drought," and no water for the mozzies to breed in.

Kurt | 10 May 2019 - 12:12:20

Walk on, nothing to see. Every situation on Phuket is under control! How can they talk in numbers per 100,000 while, 'Quote': The island population is likely more than double the official figure. Unquote. That is why state hospitals here are overgrowded. It is very funny that thai officials know more exact about how many expats live here and have no clue about how many thai likewise. 


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