Thailand has warned of a seasonal outbreak of dengue fever
The seasonal outbreak of dengue fever in Thailand, associated with a long period of heavy seasonal rainfall, turned out to be more serious this year than in 2017, and caused more than 70 deaths, according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Health of Thailand.
“This year, for the period from January to September, dengue fever of 57,129 people has fallen ill in the country, which is 50% more than in the same period of 2017. Deaths during this period also turned out to be more than last year: 71 people died of dengue fever, and this figure is 30% higher than last year, ”said the statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Thailand, Dr. Chetsad Chokdamronsuk. meeting on combating the spread of infectious diseases, which was held in the department.
He noted that during the rainy season from June to September-October, when a lot of temporary reservoirs with stagnant water are formed in the country as a result of seasonal flooding, continuous efforts are needed to combat the increase in mosquitoes that transmit the infection that breed in such reservoirs.
“Often local governments and health authorities are not paying enough attention to the implementation of appropriate regular activities, and this affects the incidence statistics,” he said in a statement.
The vector of dengue fever is the daily striped mosquito Aedes Aegypti, which is found in all tropical and subtropical zones of the world. Thailand, as well as its neighboring countries of Southeast Asia, annually conducts mass campaigns to control the mosquito population, primarily during the annual rainy season.
Dengue fever, the symptoms of which range from severe headache and high temperature to internal bleeding, is dangerous, above all, the possibility of recurrent diseases: a patient who has had a fever develops immunity to only one of the four variations of the virus that causes it. Recurrent illnesses usually proceed more severely than the primary ones, and the largest number of deaths are associated with them. Children and people of middle and old age most often get dengue fever, but up to half of the deaths occur in adults aged 20 to 40 years.