DENGUE FEVER CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN THAILAND AT ALARMING RATE – On the 23rd July 2013 we reported on the worrying number of Dengue Fever cases in the Northern Province of Chaing Mai where nearly 6,000 cases had been reported.
The national figure stood at just over 50,000 but today this figure has been revised by Government Health Officials to a staggering 81,763 case in which 78 people have been confirmed to have died from the disease.
In our original report Government Health Officials reported that whilst the figures of infection were extraordinarily high only 5 people had been reported to have died. With this figure now increasing to 78 and a massive hike of over 30,000 reported cases in just a week Thailand is facing an epidemic of staggering proportions.
We spoke to one reader, a foreign expatriate who was bitten and discovered he had Dengue Fever;
“I was feeling more than just under the weather with headaches and a high fever. After four days I visited my local hospital and got tested. The results came back as negative.
Unfortunately Dengue doesn’t show up on a regular test for until after 5 days; do a Google search and you’ll see this to be a fact.
I attended the hospital again but was questioned by the doctor why I wanted another test as the last one proved negative. After I explained to the doctors that Dengue doesn’t show up until after 5 days he agreed to do another test. It came back positive.
The doctor was unresponsive when I mentioned the ELISA test is not accurate in the initial stages of Dengue; a bit of a shock considering his is a so-called medical professional.
If you are feeling unwell insist on a test after 5 days; it could well save your life.”
Medically there is a DNA test that can accurately diagnose Dengue Fever even on day one. However most developing countries such as Thailand rarely use such a test, due to the expense, unless of a national crisis.
There are currently no vaccines to prevent the infection of Dengue Fever so if you are thinking of traveling to Thailand at this present time consult with your doctor first.
With the current levels of Dengue Fever and medical facilities in Thailand falling far short of Western facilities in many Provinces it might be a wise choice to avoid Thailand until the number of cases drops significantly.
Have you ever suffered from Dengue Fever? Please leave your comments below.