The Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology updated the dengue fever data for the country and the total cases are now 14825. The number of dengue related fatalities have risen to a dozen.
Bangkok remains the region with the highest incidence of dengue followed by Rayong, Samutsakorn, Nakornpathom and Phuket.
Elsewhere in southeast Asia, Malaysia’s dengue count closes in of 40,000 with 90 fatalities. Selangor state accounts for approximately half the cases.
Since the beginning of the year, Singapore health officials have reported 6700 dengue cases. In February, health experts predicted that the case count could exceed 30,000, setting the record.
The World Health Organization says dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults with symptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.
Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue. People who have dengue fever should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol or see a doctor.
Severe dengue (also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever) is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding and breathing difficulty and is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainly children. Early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by trained physicians and nurses increase survival of patients.