5,400 dengue patients found in lower part of Thailand’s northeast


BANGKOK, 14 July 2013 Over 5,000 people in the lower northeastern part of Thailand have been found with dengue fever, 5 of which have died of the disease.

According to Nakhon Ratchasima’s Disease Control Department, more than 5,400 poeple in four provinces in the northeast have been infected with the deadly dengue virus. These four provinces include Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, and Surin. Since the beginning of 2013, there are 5 patients died of the disease. The department further revealed that the majority of infections are between the age of 14-24 years old.

Therefore, the Disease Control Department has urged all related agencies to step up measures against the virus by using the mosquito-killer spray and cleaning up all risk-prone areas, especailly in schools and communities, where mosquitoes usually breed.

The department has also warned those who experience flu, headache, body ache, or loss of appetite for longer than 2 days, to consult a doctor immediately as they could be infected by the deadly dengue virus.