DDC Identifies Three Diseases as Pandemic Threats for 2024

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The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has identified three major diseases – COVID-19, influenza, and dengue fever – as potential pandemic threats for the year 2024.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Alongside these, the department is also closely monitoring 12 other seasonal and group-specific diseases.

Dr Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, the department director-general, highlighted that the predictions for 2024 are based on current patient data, mortality rates, and spreading trends. This assessment aims to aid in planning and implementing effective disease-control policies.

Despite the possibility of COVID-19 mutating, the department expects the virus to have less severe symptoms due to widespread immunity. The DDC is now focusing on monitoring vulnerable groups, identified as “608” – seniors over 60 years, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. Preventative measures recommended include wearing face masks in public, regular hand washing, and annual vaccinations.

Full story: National News Bureau of Thailand

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