PHUKET: Thailand is facing a major outbreak of dengue fever and cholera, which have killed 30 people over the past six months.
A report in The Nation this morning quotes Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit as saying that 26,185 dengue fever cases have been reported and six people have died during the past week alone.
Meanwhile, the number of dengue fever cases in Phuket is soaring, according to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO).
The ministry says that people aged 15-24 are most at risk of infection with dengue, followed by children between 5 and 14.
A cholera outbreak in 2007 infected 986 people in Thailand, seven of whom died. The number of infections was reduced to 200 in 2008, but climbed to 300 last year, with 2-3 deaths a year.