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Warning against Dengue fever issued nationwide

The Department of Disease Control has issued a series of warning against the spread of Dengue fever during the rainy season.

According to the Department’s weekly disease monitoring report, an outbreak tends to rise steadily thanks to the frequent rainfall all over the country, causing water-logging where Aedes mosquitoes, carriers of Dengue fever, lay their eggs.

Last week, 3,303 people were reportedly infected by the virus, three of whom died, one each from Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi provinces; which brings this year’s total number of infections to 42,900 and 35 deaths. The disease mostly spreads especially among children between 15-24 and 10-14 years of age. Parents have been informed of strict disease monitoring.

Five provinces: Rayong, Trad, Petchaburi, Tak and Ang Thong, are the areas where the disease mostly reportedly spread, said the Department.

Dengue Fever is a disease, transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The symptoms include severe joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, exhaustion, and rash, which can develop into an acute phase of illness leading to severe complications or even death.

NNT

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