As the total number of dengue infections has reached 50 thousand cases since the inception of 2019, the Public Health Minister of Thailand called for preventative measures against the dengue fever.
On Saturday, the health minister visited Chiang Khan Hospital in Loei province & Dansai Crown Prince Hospital to inspect the prevention measures of dengue fever.
Last week there were reports of around 4500 dengue fever patients, making the total cases of this year to 49,174 cases inclusive of 64 deaths.
It is predicted that the number of victims could reach 130,000 cases for the entire year.
The minister called for the disease surveillance system to be put in place across the country. The healthcare sector is needed to report the cumulative number of new infections to control the outbreak immediately.
Local authorities will be assisted by volunteers who would spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes and pubic members are urged to destroy mosquito-breeding grounds around their houses.
Since the inception of 2019, 832 dengue fever patients & 2 deaths were reported in the northeastern province of Loei, found to be the 8th highest dengue patients in all 77 provinces.
Dengue fever is a painful, devastating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of 4 closely related dengue viruses.
A projected 390M dengue infections occur around the world every year, with around 96M resulting in illness.
The initial symptoms of dengue start to appear between 3rd to 14th days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms can vary in severity for different people.
As with other viruses, initial symptoms of dengue fever start with flu-like aches & pains, particularly in the joints, and a heavy headache escorted by high fever 104 degrees Fahrenheit which is equivalent to 40 degrees Celsius.