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Dengue fever on the rise in Bangkok, Department of Disease Control reports

Jack Arthur

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Dengue fever is reportedly on the rise in Bangkok and the Department of Disease Control says the number of dengue infections in the capital reported from January 3 to July 3 is “unprecedented,” according to Nation Thailand.

During the six month period, a total of 1,043 people in Bangkok tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness, which is also known as “breakbone fever” because of the common symptoms of muscle and joint pain.

Bangkok districts where dengue is most prevalent include Bang Khun Thian, Chom Thong, Bang Khae, Yan Nawa, Din Dang, Thon Buri, Suan Luang, Lat Prabang, Lat Phrao, and Bang Na.

In Thailand, there have been 9,878 dengue infections and four deaths linked to the disease from January to July. The provinces Ranong, Rayong, Nakhon Pathom, and Mae Hong Son also have high infection rates.

Previously, the DDC had launched an anti-dengue campaign in Bangkok. The campaign pleaded with residents to make sure their homes, as well as the surrounding area, were clean with no stagnant water where mosquitoes could breed.

Dengue is a virus that is spread when a mosquito bites someone. The bite can then lead to a fever and produce flu-like symptoms. When dengue fever takes a more severe form, called dengue hemorrhagic fever, there can be serious bleeding and even death. Symptoms of dengue include rashes, headaches, puking, and pain behind the eyes.

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SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

 

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