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25 August 2010 :: 13:08:59 pm 36472

Dengue Fever Outbreak Worsens: 70 Reported Deaths in Thailand

Reports of dengue fever cases in Thailand have nearly doubled in 2010, with 70 deaths recorded in the first half of the year alone according to Thai Health Ministry officials.
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Thailand, the 24th of August 2010: The onset of Thailand’s notorious monsoon season has prompted health officials into multiple press releases regarding the worrying spread of the potentially fatal dengue fever virus. In the first 8 months of 2010, 70 deaths have been attributed to the virus, with the toll expected to rise as the rain season sets in.

Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit instructed all local health officials, particularly in Thailand’s rural regions, to concentrate on pro-active dengue fever campaigns, largely aimed at educating the people on measures to prevent the rapidly spreading virus.

Thai citizens are being urged to use insect repellent sprays and to take various measures to restrict the formation of pools of stagnant water, typical breading grounds for mosquito larvae. Women have also been urged to avoid wearing fashionable black leggings as dark clothing attracts mosquitos.

Dengue fever is endemic in Southeast Asia and a chronic problem during the rainy season. Dengue typically causes high fever, blistering headaches and intense joint pain. The most serious form can cause internal bleeding, liver enlargement and circulatory shutdown. As with most illness and disease, the elderly and young are most at risk of death from contracting the virus.

Thailand’s Health Ministry revealed that over 57,000 cases of dengue fever have been recorder from January 2010 and increase of 90% from the same period in 2009. “The dengue situation is still worrying,” a health ministry statement said.

Thailand’s rainy season runs roughly from June through October. Scientists fear rising temperatures and longer rainy seasons will allow more vector—borne diseases such as dengue and malaria to flourish.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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