Dengue fever likely strengthens in rainy season


Bangkok, 19 May 2012– The Disease Control Department has cautioned people to protect themselves against dengue fever which is likely to strengthen during the rainy season. 

Since the beginning of this year, dengue fever is reported to have killed nine people and sickened 7,000 people. The Disease Control Department said the rainy season which exists between May and June each year is usually a breading period of dengue fever.

Although it is said that children are most susceptible to the dengue fever, doctors warn that adults should not take the matter lightly. They disclosed that half of the victims this year were aged above 15. The statistics imply that dengue fever-induced deaths among grown-ups may have resulted from ignorance.

The number of dengue fever patients tends to climb in Andaman provinces, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Rayong, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Bangkok. The Disease Control Department has now instructed local public health officials to place their areas under close surveillance.