Experts in Thailand are predicting a heavy dengue fever year in 2016, and according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Epidemiology, the predictions may be coming true.
During the past week, the number of cases of the mosquito borne viral disease have risen from 583 in 53 provinces one week ago to 2,380 in 67 provinces today. No deaths have been reported.
Health officials say Bangkok is reporting the most cases with 17.34 cases per 100,000 population.
On Tuesday, The Public Health Ministry has predicted dengue fever cases will jump more than 16% this year, according to a Bangkok Post report. The department estimated the number of cases of dengue infections to rise from 142,925 last year, 141 of which were fatal, to 166,000 this year.
This prediction comes days after beloved actor, Thrisadee “Por” Sahawong, died after losing his 2 month battle with dengue fever.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.
There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
Symptoms of DHF include all the symptoms of classic dengue (very high fever, up to 105°F, severe headache, pain behind the eye, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting and a rash) plus severe damage to the blood vessels. Bleeding from the nose, gums or under the skin are common. This form of dengue can be fatal.
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