BANGKOK – Dengue fever has claimed 89 lives and infected 81,500 people in Thailand, so far this year. The Department of Disease Control declared a dengue fever epidemic in June.
Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, DDC director general, said dengue infections have lowered in provinces that promote mosquito prevention.
He said people’s cooperation in suppressing the breeding of the mosquito, which carries the dengue virus is paramount.
According to latest reports 81,500 people had been infected by dengue fever and 89 had died. The report is from January to September stating most of the patients were small children and young adults.
Dr Suwannachai said people should immediately seek medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms. Such as high fever that does not come down in a day or two; headache, pain behind the eyes; muscle and joint pain; as well as a skin rash that appears two to five days after the onset of the fever.
He has also cautioned people to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
The most affected provinces include Trat bordering Cambodia, Ubon Ratchathani, Chanthaburi, and Samut Skhon Southeast of Bangkok.
Dengue is endemic and risk is present in both urban and rural areas. With elevated risk in northeastern part of the country. Peak transmission typically occurs during the rainy season, from April to December.