According to the Department of Disease Control, more than 7,500 people have been infected with dengue virus since the beginning of this year, with the majority of patients in the South of Thailand.
The announcement also follows The Phuket News last month breaking the news that Phuket currently has the highest infection rate in the country. (See story here.)
The Department of Disease Control expects the number of dengue fever patients to be higher this year. Deputy Permanent-Secretary to the Ministry of Public Health Dr Opas Karnkawinpong has told the public health office in each province to encourage people to destroy the breeding grounds of aedes mosquitoes around their own homes and public places.
Those infected by the virus will develop a fever with a temperature of up to 40ºC within five to eight days after a mosquito bite.
Symptoms may include red rashes, vomiting, having a headache and a runny nose. They should be taken to the hospital immediately if the fever does not come down within two days of taking medicine.
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