The number of dengue related fatalities reported in Thailand has reached 80, according to the Bureau of Epidemiology. For the first nine months of 2018, Thai health officials have reported 61,917 dengue cases from all 77 provinces.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Of this total, 21,966 cases dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases and 23 deaths and 683 dengue shock syndrome, including 51 deaths have been reported.

The regions hit hardest by dengue of all types include  Nakornpathom, Phichit, Nakornsawan,  Nakornsrithamarat and Nakornnayok.

Concerning the related mosquito-borne viral disease, chikungunya, health officials put the case count at 379 cases reported from nine provinces, mostly southern provinces, since the beginning of the year. No deaths have been reported.

Satun province has seen the heaviest burden of chikungunya.

This has prompted the Department of Disease Control (DDC) to warn the general public, especially those in the southern region, to be cautious of Chikungunya fever risk during the rainy season.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain, which is often debilitating. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash.

The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. As there is no cure, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.