The Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control (DDC) for the Thailand Ministry of Public Health reports a significant increase in dengue fever cases during the first five months of 2023.
Through epidemiology week 20, officials report 16,650 total dengue cases, including 14 deaths. This is up from 2220 cases and 3 deaths during the same period in 2022.
This has prompted the DDC to open an emergency operations center to battle the mosquito borne viral disease.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
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Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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