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Health Ministry warns of higher dengue virus infections

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Public Health has instructed its local offices nationwide to urge people to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, to prevent a dengue fever outbreak as Thailand begins easing into the rainy season.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Friday 4 May 2018, 09:38AM


The announcement also follows The Phuket News last month breaking the news that Phuket currently has the highest infection rate in the country. Photo: via NNT

The announcement also follows The Phuket News last month breaking the news that Phuket currently has the highest infection rate in the country. Photo: via NNT

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.

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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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Jor12 | 04 May 2018 - 19:16:50

"Singapore the government sprays daily"...absolute rubbish.

CT Resident | 04 May 2018 - 15:32:16

I live in Cherngtalay. Both I and my neighbour contracted Dengue yet the local Or Bor Tor refused to come and spray unless we paid (because being Farang we could afford it). This despite the fact we pay our taxes every year. Corruption payments are obviously more important than health issues!

Kurt | 04 May 2018 - 11:47:02

In Singapore the government sprays daily all over the island against dengue
Here on Phuket I never see government workers spraying district after district, village after village. Why not?
We, on Phuket just only read about here the highest infection rate of Thailand
Actions? No actions
Just the usual government office thai tiger paperwork with facts producing. Job done, no orders, no actions

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