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The silent danger of the rainy season: Ticks

Doctors have warned of the dangers of ticks in the rainy season in Thailand especially for very young children in houses where there are pet dogs.

The warning came after a story was shared online of a six month old baby girl, the daughter of Siriphak Koonkiat.

She told on Facebook how her daughter would not stop scratching her ear. After trying to get some wax out she went to bed but woke up and her ear was red raw from the irritation.

She was taken to hospital and some black residue was found inside but due to the fact that she is a very small baby she would not keep still so they decided to have her admitted.

She was put under anesthetic through a drip and spent twenty minutes in theater where doctors found the culprit – a tick embedded in her inner ear.

It was dead which the doctors said was just as well – otherwise it might have meant a lengthy stay in hospital costing a lot of money.

The doctor treating the child said that this was a problem especially in families where there were dogs and young children – and the rainy season exacerbated the issue.

Thai Rath reported that the family had three dogs but were very responsible owners making sure that the animals were vaccinated, slept apart from the child and were bathed regularly.

The doctor said that despite these measures it was easily possible for the ticks to come into contact with people as they would hide out in nooks and crevices in a house then infect the human host.

Warnings were issued to parents to be on the look out  for what Thai Rath called the silent danger of the rainy season.

Ticks are called “hep” in Thai.

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