Pattaya sprays Khao Talo for mosquitos

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Public health workers sprayed Soi Khao Talo for mosquitos and educated residents on the diseases they carry.

Public health workers spray Soi Khao Talo for mosquitos to prevent dengue fever and Zika.
Public health workers spray Soi Khao Talo for mosquitos to prevent dengue fever and Zika.

Public Health Department Assistant Director Napatsorn Meeros led a crew to the Khao Talo Community Dec. 23 with volunteers who passed out information on dengue fever and the Zika virus carried by mosquitos.

Workers sprayed pesticide and put abate into standing water to destroy breeding grounds for mosquitos.

While Zika remains an uncommon, emerging threat in Thailand, dengue has become rampant, especially affecting children under age 15.

Aedes mosquitoes transmit dengue and Zika, as well as chikungunya and yellow fever.

Symptoms of Zika and dengue include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. Zika infections in pregnant women can lead to birth defects.

The campaign encouraged residents to keep tidy and be aware of damp areas. They were told to wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers or use repellents when engaging in outdoor activities.

Those with suspected symptoms can contact the Disease Control Center at 038-253-100 ext. 4081 or the Pattaya Call Center at 1337.