THAILAND: CHIANG MAI FACING DENGUE FEVER CRISIS – Health experts are warning the Thai Government over an unprecedented rise in the number of Dengue Fever cases as nearly 6,000 people this year alone have been afflicted by the disease; in the province of Chiang Mai.
Local officials noted a sharp rise due to heavy storms and people not being vigilant regarding removing stagnant water from pots and plates normally used for plants or small fish ponds.
To date some 5,977 cases have been reported with five people dying from being bitten by Dengue carrying Misquotes.
In January this year health officials reported 140 cases whilst in June the number rose massively to 3,059. In June 2012 there were just 170 cases.
Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination, has been put on high alert and any foreign visitor should consult their medical practitioner before traveling to Thailand.
Whilst Chiang Mai has the highest reported number of Dengue cases for any one province the problem is also nationwide with the number of cases now standing at over 50,000.
Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has ordered all related agencies and local authorities to step up measures to prevent infection; the measures include fumigating drains, emptying out water containers, spraying sewers systems or other area where water can collect and become stagnant.
Dengue fever is life-threatening with initial symptoms of flu like issues; such as headaches, muscle and joint pains. Check for a rash that looks like a case of the measles with small but compact red dots on the skin.
There is, according to health officials, no current vaccine that can prevent Dengue from being contracted and therefore people should ensure they are covered or use liberal amounts of mosquito repellant creams or sprays.
If you are currently suffering from what appears to be a cold or flu like symptoms then seek medical advice immediately. Dengue fever is a very painful experience as it takes hold and causes internal hemorrhaging. Don’t take a chance!
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