Health authorities in Thailand are reporting the first dengue-related fatality in the country. According to a Bureau of Epidemiology update, through Feb. 8, Thailand has reported a total of 6667 cases from 76 provinces, including the one death.
Bangkok remains the hardest hit region with a morbidity rate of 29.43 / 100,000 population. This is followed by Samutsakorn, Nakornpathom, Rayong and Phuket.
Singburi is the sole province without a dengue fever case reported.
In 2015, Thailand saw more than 140,000 dengue cases and 140 deaths.
Earlier this year, health experts in Thailand predicted a 16 percent increase in dengue in 2016.
In the past 50 years, the incidence of dengue worldwide has increased 30-fold, largely as a consequence of the growth of cities and increased travel.
According to a 2013 WHO report between 1955 and 1959, the number of countries reporting cases of dengue increased from three to eight; in 2012, the geographical distribution of dengue included more than 125 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However,there was 2013 research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.
In fact dengue fever has been given the dubious honor of being ranked as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease, with an epidemic potential in the world.