THAILAND : BANGKOK – Dengue fever remains a concern in Thailand as cases recorded during the past two months of this year has doubled cases in the same period last year.
According to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Sophon Mekthon, a total of 9,639 cases of dengue fever was recorded from 1 January to 1 March this year.
Three patients have died from the fever.
He said this year’s figure doubled the figure of the same period last year when there were only 4,783 cases.
Most cases were found in the Central Region, followed by the Northeast, the South, the North and Bangkok.
Although dengue fever could be infected at all age groups, but children at the ages of 5-10 years are most infected by the disease.
He then recommended that the best way to prevent dengue fever outbreak was to destroy the bleeding grounds of mosquitoes at homes and vicinities, use mosquito repellent, and to sleep in mosquito nets.
People having sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting should see doctor immediately.
Skin rash will appear two to five days after the onset of fever.