Public Health Minister Dr. Pradit Sinthawanarong has said the Department of Disease Control is now taking action against the spread of both diseases, which are common in the rainy season, although cases of patients coming down with them have been reported year round.
According to reports, the number of patients with dengue fever has been increasing at the rate of 5,000 per week, with children making up the largest portion. In addition, 16,000 people have also been found to have contracted hand-foot-and-mouth disease, most of whom are children under 5. No deaths have so far been reported, however.
Public Health Provincial Offices have been instructed to contain the infection rate. Communities and schools have been advised on how to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Medical treatments have been provided to patients. It is suggested that parents should take their children to hospital if they run up a temperature of over 38 degree Celsius in the initial check-up.
If they are found to have the disease, a team of officials will be dispatched to their homes to destroy mosquitoes and their breeding grounds. Children who lose their appetite and become depressed despite their temperature going down should be taken to hospital as they could be bleeding internally.
As for mouth-and-foot disease, even though it is less severe compared to dengue fever, but the number of afflicted children continues to increase. Parents and school staff have been educated on the disease prevention.
School equipment and toys must be sanitized frequently while teachers have been urged to inspect students' hands, feet and mouths for blisters. If found to have blisters, children must be taken to hospital immediately in order to contain the outbreak. Students missing school for 3 days in a row must also be questioned why they were absent to ensure that they are not affected by the diseases.