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The Ministry of Public Health is planning to revive the Public Health Act 1992, hoping to motivate people to destroy Aedes larvae in their own homes.
Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn is scheduled to meet with his ASEAN counterparts on Monday, September 19th, in an attempt to stop a Zika virus outbreak. He added Section 72 of the Public Health Act 1992, which makes having Aedes mosquito breeding grounds in a house punishable by law, will be exercised to contain the infection.
Offenders could face a maximum fine of 5,000 baht. The Public Health Minister further stated that the Zika virus outbreak in South East Asia, including Thailand, is milder than that of Brazil.
There are currently 279 patients in Thailand and there are 23 new cases this month. Dr. Piyasakol reiterated that the Ministry of Public Health never concealed any information from the public, but instead provided what it considered essential information to encourage people to protect themselves against dengue fever and Zika virus.