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Warning issued as dengue fever deaths on the rise in Thailand

A leading doctor has spoken to the Thai press about the symptoms of dengue fever and has admitted that the disease has resulted in a 60% rise in deaths this year. 

Since January 1st 62 people have died from dengue in Thailand. 

One high profile case recently was the death of a M6 (last year of secondary) student called Hatthaya Hongcharee, 19, in Kalasin. 

Kukkai was a good student, reported Daily News. 

Dr Chatthima Saowaphak of Rama 9 hospital in Bangkok said that dengue has three separate stages with the period of 24-48 hours being when patients can enter shock and die. 

First symptoms will likely be a sudden high fever of 38.5C. Patients will be off their food and likely to suffer from stomach aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Other symptoms are nausea, joint and muscle pain.

If shock occurs thereafter patients can enter a downward spiral resulting in death within a day. The crisis period is 24 to 48 hours after infection.

The third stage features rash and a gradual return of appetite. This occurs two to five days after the onset of fever. 

Maintaining cleanliness in areas around houses is a good way to offset the problem of dengue and other mosquito borne diseases like the Zika virus that comes from daytime mosquitoes.

People have been advised to seek urgent medical treatment if they suspect they are suffering from dengue.

Thai Visa /  Daily News

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