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In late May, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health announced the number of dengue fever cases this year could reach a 3-year high.

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Thailand has witnessed a staggering rise in dengue fever cases this year, with nearly 60,000 cases reported through August 5 this year (59,372).

Data from the Bureau of Epidemiology shows most cases of dengue fever have been reported in Nan province, followed by Trat, Chumphon, Chanthaburi, and Tak. Ten provinces have been categorized as high-risk dengue transmission zones, namely Tak, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Bangkok, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phuket, Songkhla, Narathiwat, and Satun.

49 deaths have been reported to date.

In all of 2022, Thailand saw 46,679 cases and 32 deaths.

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Health authorities reported the first mpox, or monkeypox death in the country last week. According to the Bangkok Post,  a 34-year-old Thai man, who was already infected with HIV and syphilis, presented with a rash and other non-specific symptoms on July 3. He was was admitted to a private hospital in Chon Buri province.


He was diagnosed with monkeypox a week later.

The patient subsequently developed a sore throat and was found to have a fungal infection, an opportunistic disease found in those with HIV. After 4 weeks of treatment, he was discharged from the hospital, but was later sent to Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases suffering from fatigue and breathing difficulties.

He was discharged after several weeks of treatment. However, on August 9, he was taken back to the hospital with a rash all over his body. He died on August 11.

As of August 8, Thailand has reported 189 monkeypox cases, 161 in Thai nationals.