“From January 1 to May 25, there were 14,126 dengue cases in Thailand, or 21.28 patients per 100,000 population, and 11 deaths, or 0.02 deaths per 100,000,” said Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingjaroenchai, director general of the Department of Disease Control. (DDC), Monday (June 1).
“The rainy season, which creates a pool of water that serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, is a major factor that is increasing its spread, especially in the Northeast.”
In Nakhon Ratchasima alone, more than 1,000 residents were sick because of fever, while two people were killed because of the plague.
“DDC is working with the Nakhon Ratchasima Community Health Office to spray local communities with insecticides in an effort to stem transmission, and urge people to use mosquito nets and clean their property from rainwater trapped during the rainy season,” Suwanchai added.
The hardest hit provinces were Rayong, with 73 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Chaiyaphum (58.13), Khon Kaen (53.83), Mae Hong Son (37.87) and Nakhon Ratchasima (36.92). The hardest hit regions were the Northeast with 25.67 cases per 100,000 people, followed by the Central Region (22.04), South (18.42) and North (41.14).
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