An outbreak of dengue is spreading rapidly through four provinces in the lower Northeast, where the disease has infected more than 1,000 residents since the start of the year.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Control 9 reports that cases of the mosquito-borne disease are mounting quickly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram and Surin.
Nakhon Ratchasima was hit hardest by 737 dengue cases and one death recorded between January 1 and April 18–27.92 infections per 100,000 people.
Chaiyaphum has recorded 223 cases for a ratio of 19.57/100,000, while Buriram has 143 (8.98/100,000) and Surin has 96 (6.87).
Youngsters bore the brunt of the outbreak, with children aged 10-14 accounting for the highest number of infections, followed by the 5-9 age group, followed by the 15-24 age group.
Nakhon Ratchasima’s Disease Prevention and Control Office issued four recommendations for residents to fight the outbreak:
- Monitor residents – especially young children and students – for symptoms. Study potential cases individually and carry out disease control in line with the Ministry of Public Health.
- Control and eradicate mosquito larvae breeding grounds around the house.
- Keep homes clean and free of garbage. Keep lids on water tanks to prevent mosquitoes laying their eggs.
- Encourage understanding that prevention of dengue fever starts at home – family members need to take care of themselves first.