Pattaya goes to war on dengue in Thepprasit, Kophai

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Pattaya public health workers took their campaign against dengue fever to the streets of the Thepprasit Market and Soi Kophai Community, both spraying pesticide and educating residents on how to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.

City Councilman Choosak Sriwatjanapong led the Jan. 17 delegation to the Keha Thepprasit area. Among those attending were teachers and students from Aksorn School.

Public health workers sprayed pesticide and urged residents to eliminate any standing water where mosquitos can lay eggs. Tubs and buckets should be covered, they said. Residents were given abate and shown how to use it.

The Department of Disease Control warns that the dengue epidemic is expected to worsen this year, with 166,000 expected cases. A total of 142,925 people were infected with the virus and 141 died from dengue last year.The Department of Disease Control warns that the dengue epidemic is expected to worsen this year, with 166,000 expected cases. A total of 142,925 people were infected with the virus and 141 died from dengue last year.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay was out the following day with a crew in the Soi Kophai area with the Pattaya Surveillance and Rapid Response Team and community leaders.

Dengue cases have surged in recent months and are expected to grow year-on-year by 16% in 2016, according to as the Department of Disease Control.

The DDC warned Jan. 20 that the dengue epidemic is expected to worsen this year, with 166,000 expected cases. A total of 142,925 people were infected with the virus and 141 died from dengue last year.

Figures from the Ministry of Public Health show that 583 cases of dengue fever were reported nationwide from Jan. 1-11.