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Offline Johnnie F.

Thailand reports sharp rise in dengue
« on: June 09, 2013, 02:15:18 PM »
Thailand reports sharp rise in dengue


NONTHABURI, Thailand - The drastic rise in haemorrhage dengue fever cases has prompted the Public Health Ministry to launch a massive nationwide campaign to cope with the situation.

There have been 44 deaths among the 39,029 patients in the past five months.

More than 23,000 schools nationwide have been instructed to eliminate mosquito-breeding sources such as water containers.

Revealing that about 50 per cent of the patients were children under-15, the Public Health Minister's permanent secretary, Dr Narong Sahamethaphat, expressed his concern over the rising number of people suffering from dengue fever and said the situation was very critical.

Only the past week, some 4,000 people had been affected, double the number in the previous two weeks.

The haemorrhage dengue fever has affected people of all age groups.

The ministry estimates that 26 provinces are affected. Songkhla province has the highest number of deaths at seven, followed by Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surin, and Loei with three deaths in each province.

To reduce fatality from dengue fever, the ministry will launch a nationwide campaign, urging the public to eliminate mosquito-breeding places in communities. "We have to beef up our measures to get rid of mosquito-breeding places within 90 days," Narong said.

Narong said strong cooperation from local authorities was needed to handle this critical situation. He also instructed medical workers at the ministry's hospitals to stand by around the clock to provide timely treatments for haemorrhage dengue fever patients.

"People shouldn't buy medicines like painkiller, inbuprofen, aspirin and steroid to relieve haemorrhage dengue fever symptoms on their own, as they could develop into a more severe condition," Narong warned, adding the infected people should undergo treatments as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the ministry's deputy permanent secretary Dr Sophon Methon, who oversees the dengue fever war room, said he had sent an official letter asking the Education Ministry to instruct 23,000 schools across the country to eliminate mosquito-breeding sources at least once a week.

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Re: Thailand reports sharp rise in dengue
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 04:19:23 PM »
Hi Johnnie.
Yep we've got one of the 39,029 right here. Mrs R's 14 year old son, Karn, who lives with us, now on daily visits to St M's for tests and treatment - temperature 101F to 105F.
Apparently, when patients temperature drops, that's the time when the complications might set in.
BTW, PARACETOMOL is OK according to Wikipedia but other painkillers, particularly aspirin, might add to the risks of bleeding.
Having lived in West Africa for 5 years with my young family, I'm hyper careful about mosquitoes but it just shows. Karn is at School at Boonwattana, Hua Tha Ley in Korat and I'm guessing he picked up the bug at School or in his Dad's place in that same area.
It's been 5 days so far !
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Thailand reports sharp rise in dengue
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 12:44:18 PM »
Dengue fever patient numbers in lower northeast quadruple

UBON RATCHATHANI, June 17 - The number of dengue fever patients in Thailand’s lower northeastern provinces is four times higher in the first five months of this year compared to last year.

From January 1- May 31, the number of patients was recorded at 3,544 cases, four times last year’s figure, with nine deaths being reported, said Dr Sarayuth Uttamangkapong, director of the local disease control office in Ubon Ratchathani.

Si Sa Ket reported the most patients with 1,086. Local authorities have taken stringent measures to rid residential areas of mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, in the capital, the department of the disease control worked with the Yaemsa-ard Rangsit School in launching a campaign against dengue fever, as Thailand’s dengue patient tally is the second highest in ASEAN countries, Singapore being first.

The patient numbers in the country tripled last year’s figure. It could reach 150,000 cases this year and the fatalities could rise to 100-150. So far, the deaths from dengue fever were recorded at about 50, according to the department.

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Re: BMA buys larvicidal sand to tackle dengue
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 12:58:55 PM »
BMA buys larvicidal sand to tackle dengue threat



Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday revealed that the city had ordered 200,000 bags of larvicidal sand in a bid to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever.
With health officials expecting a record 100,000 cases nationwide this year, he urged all officials to take the matter seriously because Bangkok is home to construction sites with flooded craters that could act as mosquito breeding grounds.

Sukhumbhand thanked the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Heath Office and Medical Service Office, as well as district offices for their anti-dengue fever measures. He instructed BMA clerk Ninnart Chalitanon and her deputies to have district offices proceed with measures to tackle the threat, and told drainage, sewage and health officials to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, including still-water canals.

Sukhumbhand explained that the shortage of larvicidal abate sand resulted from the fact that the city had to buy it from the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation. The BMA would receive half of the 200,000-bag order on July 10, he said.

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5,400 dengue patients found in lower part of Thailand's northeast
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2013, 05:36:35 PM »
5,400 dengue patients found in lower part of Thailand's northeast

BANGKOK, 14 July 2013 (NNT) - Over 5,000 people in the lower northeastern part of Thailand have been found with dengue fever, 5 of which have died of the disease.

According to Nakhon Ratchasima's Disease Control Department, more than 5,400 poeple in four provinces in the northeast have been infected with the deadly dengue virus. These four provinces include Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, and Surin. Since the beginning of 2013, there are 5 patients died of the disease. The department further revealed that the majority of infections are between the age of 14-24 years old.

Therefore, the Disease Control Department has urged all related agencies to step up measures against the virus by using the mosquito-killer spray and cleaning up all risk-prone areas, especailly in schools and communities, where mosquitoes usually breed.

The department has also warned those who experience flu, headache, body ache, or loss of appetite for longer than 2 days, to consult a doctor immediately as they could be infected by the deadly dengue virus.

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