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14 September 2010 :: 12:09:16 pm 38619

Pattaya Commences Dengue Fever Prevention Campaign

Under authority from the Public Health Ministry, the Vector Control Unit of Pattaya on Monday began a new proactive campaign designed to prevent the spread of dengue fever and other mosquito-born diseases in the city.
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Pattaya, the 13th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The campaign, instigated by the Pattaya Health Ministry, involves the spraying of industrial strength mosquito repellent/dispersants into areas where the insects commonly breed such as floodwater drains and pipelines throughout the city.

The chemical being used by the Vector Control Unit will kill mosquitos and their larvae, while bonding with the surface of the confined spaces to preventing future breeding of the insects. At present, chemicals have been sprayed into numerous floodwater drains and underground reservoir/pipelines throughout the Pattaya and Jomtien municipalities.

Largely undertaken in response to the ongoing dengue fever endemic in the nation, Pattaya administrators have decided to take a proactive position over the pressing issue before outbreaks rise to the endemic levels seen in many north and northeastern provinces.

In addition to Health Ministry’s campaign, administrators have urged Pattaya residents to aid the Vector Control Unit, by eliminating all common household breeding grounds for mosquitos, such as unused pot-plants/containers and areas of stagnant water.

Officials also urge residents to equip themselves with appropriate mosquito dispersants and repellents in order to minimise personal exposure to the disease carrying insects.

Dengue fever is endemic in Southeast Asia and a chronic problem during the Thai 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 (70+ deaths) 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.

Residents who have significant areas of stagnant water or other large potential breeding grounds for mosquitos are urged to call the Pattaya Vector Control Unit on: (038) 420-562 104.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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