44 dead from dengue fever; people with high fever urged to see doctor

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BANGKOK, 11 June 2013 The Department of Disease Control has reiterated its concern over the dengue fever situation in Thailand, cautioning the public not to simply take pills for fever when high fever is present, and to instead visit the doctor. 

Disease Control Department Director-General Phonthep Siriwanarangsan said the dengue fever situation is very worrisome because it is now the rainy season. In the past week, an average of 570 people become sick with the disease each day. Since the beginning of the year, almost 40,000 people have fallen ill with the disease; 50% of this number were children under 15 years of age. 44 people have died from dengue fever so far this year.

Sonkhla was the province with the highest number of dengue fever deaths (7), followed by Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surin and Loei.

Md. Phonthep said one should quickly visit the doctor if high fever, head aches and bodily aches are present.