In a follow-up on the surging dengue fever situation in Thailand, the Bureau of Epidemiology of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) reports 17,412 total dengue cases (dengue fever and severe dengue) from the beginning of the year through August 16.
This is up from 9473 total dengue cases reported on July 11.
The death toll has risen from eight last month to 14 on August 16.
The provinces with the highest patient numbers are, in respective order, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Tak, and Si Saket. For this year, the DDC expects intensified dengue fever outbreaks in accordance with the disease’s outbreaks cycle. The department says there is a tendency for a greater prevalence of the disease among adult patients, the National News Bureau of Thailand reports.
Dengue is a viral infectious disease that is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Patients may experience symptoms such as fever, red rash on the skin, headache, pain in the back of the eyes, joint pain, muscle pain, bleeding under the skin, nose, and gums.
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