CHIANG MAI, 23 December Nearly 700 cases of illness related to current cold weather have been reported in Chiang Mai, of which six of its districts have been declared cold-weather disaster areas.
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health physician, Dr. Phaisan Thanyawinitkun, has issued a public warning of illnesses related to the cold weather in the province after the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office declared six of the districts cold-weather disaster areas. These districts included Omkoi, Fang, Galyani Vadhana, Mae Chaem, Mae Ai, and Chom Thong. 336,000 people in 25 districts currently have so far affected by the cold weather, with groups facing high risk from the weather being those suffering from influenza and pneumonia.
In the past three months, around 650 cases of pneumonia have been reported, with the largest number found in Muang District. Meanwhile, influenza patients have also been found, mostly in city limit areas, which include Muang, Doi Saket, Sansai, Hang Dong, and Saraphi districts.
Dr. Phaisan has urged people to take care of their health and the health of their families, especially individuals with allergies, asthma, and chronic lung disease. Local residents have been advised to keep themselves warm throughout the cold season.