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Dengue kills one, infects more than 700 in Nakhon Ratchasima
An outbreak of dengue is spreading rapidly through four provinces in the lower Northeast, where the disease has infected more than 1,000 residents since the start of the year.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Control 9 reports that cases of the mosquito-borne disease are mounting quickly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram and Surin.

Nakhon Ratchasima has been hit hardest with 737 dengue fever cases and one death recorded between January 1 and April 18 – a ratio of 27.92 infections per 100,000 population.

Chaiyaphum has recorded 223 cases for a ratio of 19.57/100,000, while Buriram has 143 (8.98/100,000) and Surin has 96 (6.87).

Youngsters have borne the brunt of the outbreak, with children aged 10-14 accounting for the largest number of infections, followed by the 5-9 age group and then the 15-24 age group.

The Disease Prevention and Control office in Nakhon Ratchasima has issued four recommendations for residents to combat the outbreak:

1. Monitor residents – especially young children and students – for symptoms. Investigate potential cases individually and carry out disease control in line with Public Health Ministry measures.

2. Control and eradicate mosquito larvae breeding grounds around the house.

3. Keep houses clean and free of trash. Keep lids on water containers to prevent mosquitos laying their eggs.

4. Promote understanding that prevention of dengue fever begins in the home – family members must take care of themselves first.

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Re: Dengue outbreak kills 2, sickens more than 1,000 in Korat
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Dengue outbreak kills 2, sickens more than 1,000 in Korat

An outbreak of dengue fever in Nakhon Ratchasima province has killed two people and sickened more than 1,000 residents since January 1, the local health chief said today (May 26).

Dr Narinrat Pitchayakamin, chief of the Nakhon Ratchasima Public Health Office, said the dengue outbreak remained worrisome after 1,037 confirmed cases and a second death recently. The latest victim of the mosquito-borne disease was a 16-year-old boy who also had thalassemia, a blood-thinning condition that can worsen the symptoms of dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Narinrat warned residents to rid their properties of any rainwater trapped during the wet season, as this acted as a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Nakhon Ratchasima Health officials have also been spraying communities in the province with insecticide in a bid to stem the contagion.

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11 Thais die in dengue fever outbreak this year

More than 14,000 people have contracted dengue fever and 11 have died so far this year, Disease Control Department director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said on Sunday, according to a media report.

Citing a report from the Bureau of Epidemiology, from Jan 1 to May 25 this year, 14,136 people were found to have caught dengue fever, or 21.28 per 100,000 population. Eleven people died from the disease during the same period, or 0.02 per 100,000 population.

The five provinces with the highest numbers of dengue fever cases per 100,000 population were Rayong  at 73, Chaiyaphum 58.13, Khon Kaen 53.83, Mae Hong Son 37.87 and Nakhon Ratchasima 36.92.

By region, the numbers of dengue fever cases per 100,000 population were 25.67 in the Northeast, 22.04 in the Central region, 18.42 in the South and 14.14 in the North.

Mr Suwannachai said dengue fever cases have been on the rise due to the increase in water-logged areas now that rainy season has arrived, which are conducive to the outbreak of the disease.

To control the outbreak, teams have been deployed to spray repellents to kill mosquitoes. People have been asked to cooperate by getting rid of breeding grounds for larvae in their communities and sleeping under mosquito nets.

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Re: Korat launches campaign to fight Covid-19, rabies, dengue
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Korat launches campaign to fight Covid-19, rabies, dengue



Authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima province launched a special campaign in City Hall on Friday (June 5) to teach people how to protect themselves not just from Covid-19, but also dengue and rabies.

Provincial governor Wichian Chantaranothai, who presided over the opening ceremony, said this event was necessary to boost awareness of these dangerous communicable diseases.

“Apart from featuring an exhibition on the three diseases, stray dogs and cats were also neutered and vaccinated for rabies. Officials also cleared potential mosquito-breeding sites in and around City Hall, Wat Sutthachinda Worawihan and Wat Bueng Phra Aram Luang," he said.

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Re: Almost 6,000 children sickened in dengue outbreak
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2020, 12:10:47 AM »
Almost 6,000 children sickened in dengue outbreak
As the Covid-19 crisis eases in Thailand, alarm is growing over a nationwide outbreak of deadly dengue fever that has sickened almost 6,000 children so far this year.

As of June 2, Thailand has recorded 15,385 cases of dengue fever, which has killed 11 people, said Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingjaroenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), on Thursday (June 11). A third of those (5,828) have been children aged 5-14, four of whom have died after contracting dengue in the outbreak.

Delayed treatment, underlying conditions and obesity increase the chances of the mosquito-borne disease being fatal.

An investigation found mosquito larvae were still prevalent in Thai school premises, which are set to reopen on Monday as more coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted. Most larvae were found in unused containers (11.29 per cent), plant pots (13.89 per cent), and old tyres (17.65 per cent).

“The rainy season, which creates puddles of water that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitos, is the main factor that is boosting the outbreak. I would like to ask people to look out for unused containers that might become breeding grounds in households,” said Dr Suwanchai.

Meanwhile, health officials in Ubon Ratchathani province revealed they had recorded 800 cases of dengue so far this year, a small number compared to the 8,000 with 10 deaths recorded in 2019, but still a cause for worry.

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BEWARE of dengue fever: 15 have died, over 25,000 infected
The Department of Disease Control has warned people to beware of dengue fever during this rainy season after more than 25,000 people caught the fever and 15 died.

Department director-general Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said yesterday (July 12) that the number of dengue fever patients from January 1 to July 8 was 25,708 people, while 15 people have died. The most affected were in the 15-24 age group, followed by those 10-14 years and 25-34 years.

“This fever has spread across the country,” he said. “Chaiyaphum has the most dengue fever patients, followed by Rayong, Khon Kaen, Mae Hong Son and Nakhon Ratchasima.”

He forecast that the number of dengue fever patients would increase this week, adding that the Thai Meteorological Department said many areas would face heavy rain, which will enable mosquitoes to lay eggs in water-filled containers or areas holding water.

“Therefore, the department would like to advise people to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by keeping their clothes inside wardrobes, disposing of garbage regularly, closing the lid of water-filled containers, and changing water in pots or vases every week,” he said.

“These recommendations will help people to avoid contracting dengue fever, the Zika virus or the Chikungunya virus.”

He added that people can prevent mosquito bites by also wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using various types of mosquito repellents such as lemongrass or other chemicals, and sleeping under a mosquito net.

“Those with a high fever, headache, muscle aches, blood rashes, decreased appetite or epigastric pain must see a doctor as soon as possible,” he advised. “For more information, please contact the Department of Disease Control via hotline 1422.”

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Re: How to fight the rising dengue threat after heavy rains
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How to fight the rising dengue threat after heavy rains
People must beware of dengue fever, after rains in several regions of Thailand have spawned huge numbers of mosquitoes, Department of Disease Control (DDC) director-general Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai has warned.

“From January 1 to August 24, 47,738 cases of dengue fever have been reported with 32 deaths,” he said. “During the rainy season alone [June-August], we have had 29,814 new cases, or 62 per cent of total patients.”

“Dengue fever carried by mosquitoes can be commonly found in young people, with 26.22 per cent of patients in the 15-24 age group, 22.25 per cent aged 10-14 and 13.14 per cent aged 25-34,” he added. “Provinces that have seen most cases per 100,000 population are: Mae Hong Son, Rayong, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen.”

The DDC advised people to follow these instructions to reduce the risk of dengue fever:

▪︎ Clean up your home and never leave clothes lying around to reduce places where mosquitoes can live.

▪︎ Properly dispose of garbage in and around the house. Empty containers of food should be put in garbage bags to prevent mosquitoes laying eggs in rain water.

▪︎ Put a lid on all water containers. Change water in flower vases and plant pots every week.

▪︎ If you have high fever for more than two days and feel tired, nauseated, have a stomach ache and red spots on the skin, go and see a doctor for proper diagnosis. Avoid using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Brufen, as they could cause internal bleeding.

For more information, contact DDC Hotline at 1422.

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Over 6,000 people get dengue fever in 4 provinces
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Over 6,000 people get dengue fever in 4 provinces

More than 6,000 people have been hit by dengue fever, four of whom have died, in four northeastern provinces in eight months.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Control 7 said the four deaths were among 6,024 patients in Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Mahasarakham and Roi Et. These statistics were collected from January 1 to August 29 and make the area the second worst for dengue.

Office director Dr Teerawat Valaisathien said dengue fever is being closely watched after constant rain in several parts of the country, increasing wet areas where carrier mosquitoes can reproduce.

The doctor warned people to keep their food and pets in a safe place before spraying rooms or homes to tackle mosquitoes. He also advised users to cover their noses and mouths and suggested that all windows be closed for 10 to 15 minutes to make the spraying effective.

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