Thailand officials predict 3-4 times increase in dengue this year


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Thailand’s top public health official predicts a significant increase in dengue fever in 2023, According to local media.


The Director General of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Taris Krasanairawyong, said that dengue cases are expected to be 3-4 times higher than in 2022 when 45,145 cases and 29 deaths have been reported.

In 2023 until January 16, Thai health officials It has already reported 986 cases in 59 provinces.

Protecting against mosquito bites and eliminating mosquito breeding areas are effective ways to prevent diseases, said Dr. Sophon Iamsithavorn, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, adding that the use of chemicals to eliminate mosquitoes is essential, especially when they are present. Outbreaks of associated diseases, but their use must be properly controlled.

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Dengue is common in Southeast Asia, especially during the rainy season when transmission rates are highest. It is a mosquito-borne viral infection that causes a flu-like illness. It causes fever, body aches, headache, and a rash with red spots. In some cases, the viral infection may cause a fatal complication known as severe dengue or dengue hemorrhagic fever.

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