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News has recently emerged to suggest that a Dengue Fever Vaccine is currently being considered for registration in Thailand. The vaccine is effective all four different strains of Dengue Fever. Jarung Muangchana, the director of the National Vaccine Institute said “if the vaccine registration is approved it will gain acceptance for legal use nationwide”.
The vaccine has already been registered for use in Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines, and although it is proven to be only 60% effective it is still considered an important tool in the fight against Dengue Fever. In the cases where the vaccine was not effective in preventing the disease those affected said the symptoms were far less virile.
Thailand has been crying out for a vaccine and with 140,000 cases last year and a 16% increase expected this year it can’t come soon enough. Pockets of Bangkok recorded the most cases last year, this is thought to be largely due to lack of mosquito control in urban areas.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, aching joints, headache, high temperatures and a rash. While there is no known cure of the disease that typically lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month, those who think they may be suffering should seek urgent medical attention.