PM Prayut concerned over dengue outbreak

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BANGKOK, 11 October 2015 – The Prime Minister has expressed concerns over the outbreak of dengue fever in the country.

Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, has quoted a Public Health Ministry report as saying more than 80,000 people across the country, mostly in central and northeastern Thailand, have been infected with the dengue virus as of October 2015.

Maj. Gen. Sansern said that with heavy rain and floods in the country in recent weeks, many areas in the two regions have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes within the genus Aedes.

Because many areas are still expected to experience more downpours even though the rainy season is nearing its end, mosquito-breeding sources are likely to expand, the spokesman said.

Therefore, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister and chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, has instructed local health and government officials to be alert for other outbreaks in the population and give the prevention system top priority.