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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.

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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.