BURI RAM, 11 September 2010 (NNT) – Over 2,300 residents of Buri Ram province have caught dengue fever while the Ministry of Public Health is deploying village health volunteers to help combat the disease in local communities.
Buri Ram Provincial Public Health Officer MD Sompong Jarungjittanuson stated that the outbreak of dengue fever in the province remained a cause for concern mainly due to ongoing rainfall and widespread inundation in the area during this period.
According to the record, the number of people infected with dengue fever within Buri Ram has reached 2,354 since the beginning of this year with one fatality. Children between 5 and 10 years of age are at the highest risk, followed by those between 10 and 14 years old. Areas with highest infection rates are Nang Rong, Phutthaisong, Na Pho, Ban Mai Chaiyaphot, and Lahan Sai districts.