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Dengue warning re-issued as national death toll hits 65

PHUKET: The Director-General of the Thai Ministry of Health’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) has warned for people to take precautions against contracting dengue after two more deaths suspected from dengue in Surin province, while Phuket remains the leading province in the South for infections per capita.

By The Phuket News

Monday 3 September 2018, 06:41PM

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai yesterday (Sept 2) pointed out that from Jan 1 to Aug 28 this year, 65 people have died from dengue, with 50,079 people across the country having been confirmed as contracting the mosquito-borne disease.

Worse, the number of infections nationwide this year is up 50.2% on last year, confirms a DDC report posted last week. (See report here.)

The highest affected age range is 10 to 14 years old.

Regarding the latest two deaths in Surin province, Dr Swuannachai said that the deaths were currently under investigation.

“I have to wait for test results before we confirm the two people died from dengue,” he said.

Dr Suwannachai explained that the severity of the illness depends on whether a person had previously been infected with dengue.

“In the first infection, the symptoms are usually mild, with fever and muscle aches. Symptoms usually get worse when the second infection occurs with different strains. This will cause bleeding and shock,” he explained.

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According to the latest DDC report, the five provinces with the highest rate of illness per 100,000 people are Nakhon Pathom, Phichit, Mae Hong Son, Phuket and Nakhon Sawan, respectively, making Phuket the fourth-highest in the country for infections per capita.

Meanwhile, Phuket still has the highest per capita infection rate in Southern Thailand with 152.16 infections per 100,000 from Jan 1 to Aug 28, followed by Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Krabi.

Phuket has had 594 infections during the period, the DDC noted in its report.

“I urge that people, communities and government agencies work together to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, with the emphasis on the ‘three steps of prevention’ model: 1) Keep the house clean. Do not have areas of dense foliage where mosquitoes like to breed, and clear containers of standing water; 2) Make sure waste containers are not left open; and 3) Keep lids on all water storage vessels to ensure mosquitoes cannot lay eggs there.

“People should also beware the initial signs of dengue. If any person has a high fever, headache, aches and pains, or worse, gastrointestinal redness, blood spots, vomiting and abdominal pain, they must see a doctor as soon as possible,” Dr Suwannachai urged.

“Not doing so may result in death,” he warned.



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Kurt | 04 September 2018 - 13:58:10

No thai city, town, village authority have a clue how many people are living in their jurisdiction!
Foreigners? Only registered with Immigration. Thai? Partly registered, as many keep registered in original home town. ( proof is enormous thai traveling to home towns for voting when times are there for it).
Ask any Authority how many people really on Phuket today, you not get a answer.

CaptainJack69 | 04 September 2018 - 12:07:31

Yeah, but don't forget these numbers are based on 'official' populations and Phukets' real population far exceeds the number of people registered in housing books. None of the foreigners who contract it are considered residents no matter how many decades we might have lived here. So these numbers can't really be trusted.

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