BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 – The Department of Disease Control warns of influenza, or flu, spread during rainy season. According to the Department’s Disease Monitoring Report , there are 109 affected people and 22 deaths in total from Jan 1 to July 31 this year.
The report also said that the number of infected people this year is higher than those in the last five years. Infections have been on the rise for the past six months, especially in five provinces namely Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Rayong and Trat.
The disease easily spreads in vulnerable groups which are children, the elderly, pregnant women and patients with chronic diseases.
Influenza is a contagious illness caused by a virus. Most cases of influenza occur within a six- to eight-week period with symptoms ranging from chills, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, body aches to muscles or joints pain. Lingering and untreated symptoms can trigger serious complications which could lead to death.