Nakhon Ratchasima reports over 800 cases of dengue fever

Sk Hospital in Thailand

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 6 July 2012 (NNT) – Nakhon Ratchasima’s Public Health office has reported over 800 cases of dengue fever in the province, resulting in 1 death.

Provincial Health Office Director, Dr. Wichai Kattiyavittayakul, said that for the past 6 months, 871 cases of dengue fever and 1 death have been recorded in the province – the highest number of cases in the Northeastern region. Children aged 10-14 are the highest risk group of contracting the fever.

With the rainy season being the peak period for dengue fever, Dr Wichai has instructed local health units to provide additional health check-ups for residents in the area and to monitor the situation closely. The use of insectiside-fogging measures against mosquito vectors, he said, will be implemented in areas with outbreaks of dengue fever.

Fogging is a method where the nauseous gas Malathion is used to kill dengue-carrying mosquitoes to halt the transmission of the disease.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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