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KRABI: -- Dengue fever is spreading in Krabi province with over 400 people having been infected by the mosquito-borne disease and one has died from the infection.

Krabi public health officer Dr Manas Sophonpong said dengue infection has become serious now in Krabi as rainy season is approaching.

He said from January to June this year, accumulated dengue patients rose to 410, with a 36-year-old woman living in Lanta Island died from the infection.

He said only in June alone, there were 65 infections, 25 of which were from Muang district.

He said only in one village in Tambon Ao Nang, there were dengue patients.

(Photo : Thai PBS File)

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/dengue-fever-spreading-in-krabi

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-- Thai PBS 2015-06-18

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numbers are useless unless they can be compared with other numbers - preferably in the same place same season.

One has to ask if this is really a dramatic increase WHY?

authorities are aware of when the wet starts and of the life cycle of the Dengue-carrying mosquitoes, so did they carry out any preventative measures?

none of this is addressed in the article.

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I have not seen enough diligence in respect to making sure there is no still water in many places around Thailand - so this is not a surprise.

I agree. I haven't seen a single warning or education poster in a couple of years.

In Indonesia, there are large signs all over the place, warning residents not to have stagnant water anywhere.

Singapore enforces this with the usual hip-pocket attacks to the wallet. Leaving pot plants with water in the base, in your apartment balcony, gets you a very hefty fine.

Here it does not even seem to be the usual tap on the wrist with a 100baht note.

A female aegypti mozzie stays very close to home, and outbreaks are easily tracked down. But first you have to have the get up and go to do something about it.

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The Dengue campaign has been a complete failure, if successful you would not see standing fresh water anywhere.

If A mozzie bites you, chances are it breed within 100m of that point.

I believe in Malaysia or Indonesia it is illegal to have things like small ponds etc without fish in them and places are checked for this..........the Aedes aegypti can breed is as little water as a wet car tire......it just takes a rise in water level for the eggs to be triggered of........fogging when dry I understand will kill of only the adults.

WHO - claims fogging won’t harm you but people don’t like it all the same and close their doors allowing any mozzies in the house to survive.

Fogging only kills the adult mozzies....not the larvae.....and it also kills off other insects we don't want to kill....so the best way to reduce Dengue is to remover potential habitats or breeding grounds.

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one died due of dengue and another 123 due of the fogging ....

Actually that's about the number of people who died in Thailand last year from dengue.

but the numbers of people who were incapacitated, lost work etc etc is tens of thousands......

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An education campaign about stagnant water and hefty fines for any tiny place with stagnant water found on any site for the owner.


But education and Thailand - it does not go together…

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Why don't they just fog the place regularly like they do in Singapore, then there wouldn't be this problem. Also get rid of all the damn soi dogs at the same time.

Actually Singapore has and has always had a serious Dengue problem; they also have very good PR....just take a look at their own Government statistics here http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=74 or just Google Dengue Fever-Singapore and look!!

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Why don't they just fog the place regularly like they do in Singapore, then there wouldn't be this problem. Also get rid of all the damn soi dogs at the same time.

Actually Singapore has and has always had a serious Dengue problem; they also have very good PR....just take a look at their own Government statistics here http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=74 or just Google Dengue Fever-Singapore and look!!

Sorry link above is not good; try this one...http://www.dengue.gov.sg/

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An education campaign about stagnant water and hefty fines for any tiny place with stagnant water found on any site for the owner.
But education and Thailand - it does not go together…

Heavy fines are a ham-fisted approach (e.g. Singapore) and many people simply can't afford to pay so it will result in all sorts of other behaviour as people try to get off without paying...remember Thailand is the hub of bribery and corruption....and can you imagine any law enforcement agecy in Thailand getting round to inspecting properties for puddles???

However a good well produced all-year-round TV and media campaign could work if it changes te mindset and makes "harbouring" dengue an anti-social thing to do.

"Your neighbour's pond could kill your children"

- perhaps a bit bit strong, but you get my drift?

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Well, Dengue [if it really is Dengue which is far from certain] is very easily curable !

Problem: no pharmacy needed so no money to be made [just like Malaria]

The solution is very simple and could be solved instantly ... if anybody wanted to solve the problem.

Problems like this give Governments power as the uninformed population

always expect the "nanny" to help so they can back to their TV-Soapies and mobile phone games.

Sadly I cannot tell you the cure on here as TV [ridiculously] prevents people from helping each other ....

[...probably out of fear of being able to help people !!!]

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