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Both Koh Samui and Koh Phangan residents have been suffering from outbreaks of Dengue fever. Statistics have been revealed that since January the 1st the area has had 632 dengue patients at a rate of 62.11 per thousand of the population. The area is ranked 10th highest in the country and 7th highest in Southern Thailand but so far there have been no deaths as a direct result of the disease.
A significant risk factor in the spread of the disease is the Aegypti mosquito that can also spread the yellow fever virus. The mosquito, who originated in Afria, can be recognized by white markings on its legs.
Only the female mosquito bites for blood, a substance she needs to mature her eggs. Although this mosquito commonly bites at dusk and dawn, in shady areas or when the weather is cloudy they can bite and cause infection at any time of the day.
The mosquito likes to breed in areas of stagnant water and areas such as flower vases, buckets, old tires, toilet shanks and uncovered barrels.
To prevent the spread of dengue it is recommended that you wear long sleeved clothing during the day and evening and use Deet and a mosquito net treated with the insecticide permethrin.