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Dengue fever cases in Thailand have quadrupled in one week

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Dengue fever cases in Thailand have quadrupled in one week
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BANGKOK: -- The past week has seen the number of reported Dengue Fever cases in Thailand rise from 583 in 53 provinces to 2,380 in 67 provinces, as of yesterday.

Bangkok is the province most affected, according to Outbreak News Today with 17.34 cases reported per 100,000 population.

No deaths have yet been reported from the latest figures although the Kingdom has been mourning the tragic passing of Thrisadee “Por” Sahawong, who succumbed to complications from the disease earlier this week.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry expect Dengue cases to rise by over 16 percent this year to 166,000 – up from 142,925 during 2015. Of those, 141 cases proved fatal.

Most of the new cases reported this year struck in young people aged between 15 and 24, according to Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary of public health. This demographic is reportedly most at risk from the disease.

As the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, the mosquito-borne Dengue Fever poses a significant challenge to public health in Thailand. The World Health Organisation says around 50 million cases of the disease occur every year, according to Coconuts.

Full story: http://whatsonsukhumvit.com/dengue-fever-cases-in-thailand-have-quadrupled-in-one-week/

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But there is no Lassa here, so mai pen rai.

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Most of the new cases reported this year struck in young people aged between 15 and 24, according to Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary of public health. This demographic is reportedly most at risk from the disease.

does anyone happen to know the scientific reason for this?

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Most of the new cases reported this year struck in young people aged between 15 and 24, according to Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary of public health. This demographic is reportedly most at risk from the disease.

does anyone happen to know the scientific reason for this?

It's an interesting question indeed. Dengue is mostly contracted during the daytime. Perhaps this age range is more likely to come into contact with Aedes aegypti if they are outside. Aegypti will mostly breed around houses. Perhaps this age range is more likely to be at home at this time and/or more active outdoors, thus more likely to come into contact with mosquitoes.

The long period of dry, followed by the recent rains in BKK have probably caused a mass emergence on mosquitoes. Aedes eggs generally need to be dried (conditioned), before they hatch.

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After that celebrity Por passed away from that disease, it's suddenly big news, though this disease has been in South East Asia for ages aka unreported for the sake of Thailand's image.....

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After that celebrity Por passed away from that disease, it's suddenly big news, though this disease has been in South East Asia for ages aka unreported for the sake of Thailand's image.....

He should still be alive. He was initially misdiagnosed at a private hospital. He had been infected with dengue before, and the result can be DHF. If he had gone to a local hospital in the boonies the doctors would have recognised in straight away, as they see similar cases a lot. Por was in a bad state for more than two months before he died. I believe he was being kept alive to help 'prepare' Thais for the inevitable.

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I have had it 3 times over a 4 year period. Dont tell me you cant get it twice because you can. Am living proof of it. But that is not the point. Here in Bangkok where I live the mosquito problem is rampant! I live next to a wet market that operates from 4AM till noon. Have asked the govt department that deals with it to come over after my 3rd infection to fume the place. But nope!!! The market people went nuts claiming they loose a days trade. Oh well.... And lately the kids at the market here also got infected but still they wont budge! Guess as soon as the kids of the owner get it something will be done.

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speaking of private hospitals.... that's why in Chiangmai I think the best bet in town is the Siripat Clinic at Maharatt Hospital.... over any others because they have the volume of patients of complex cases as well. I'd rather be treated by staff who have a lot of experience than a fancy place with a helipad and a great coffee shop but can't even get the basic stuff done such as correctly taking & recording a patient's temperature for the doctor's interview (mine, this happened but NOT at Maharrat for sure.... i.e. this not a story it's real) as "normal" when in fact, both before and after it was 104 degrees F... let alone have experience with many patients as the only ones they have are a handfull of farlang. at the private hospital the politics between the doctors and nursing staff, and appearances of having all the latest and greatest equipment and clean white doctor's uniforms is more important than making a simple and basic, and also correct, diagnosis.

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I have had it 3 times over a 4 year period. Dont tell me you cant get it twice because you can. Am living proof of it. But that is not the point. Here in Bangkok where I live the mosquito problem is rampant! I live next to a wet market that operates from 4AM till noon. Have asked the govt department that deals with it to come over after my 3rd infection to fume the place. But nope!!! The market people went nuts claiming they loose a days trade. Oh well.... And lately the kids at the market here also got infected but still they wont budge! Guess as soon as the kids of the owner get it something will be done.

I don't think you can get the same variety of Dengue twice; but there are four varieties about. I've had DHF twice, and in each case spent extra money to have them serotyped. Two down; two to go.

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The article states that REPORTED cases of dengue fever have quadrupled.

Now that some "movie star" died from complications related to dengue fever, it is in the news and top of mind.

It is the disease/ailment/affliction of the week.

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If they are getting more cases of ages between 15-24 yrs, then they should start with the most obvious explanation, which is that educational establishments are infested with mosquitoes.

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I have had it 3 times over a 4 year period. Dont tell me you cant get it twice because you can. Am living proof of it. But that is not the point. Here in Bangkok where I live the mosquito problem is rampant! I live next to a wet market that operates from 4AM till noon. Have asked the govt department that deals with it to come over after my 3rd infection to fume the place. But nope!!! The market people went nuts claiming they loose a days trade. Oh well.... And lately the kids at the market here also got infected but still they wont budge! Guess as soon as the kids of the owner get it something will be done.

Typical Thai.................. do nothing bury head pretend nothing will happen suggest "you" are the problem etc do anything but actually keep places neat clean and tidy and get rid of all standing water.............nah to difficult just more laziness.....got staff here they always leave buckets/bowls turned the right way up so they fill full of water, a nice breeding ground for the mosquitoes, explained it to them..........nah no change.

Let em die I say.

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Most of the new cases reported this year struck in young people aged between 15 and 24, according to Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary of public health. This demographic is reportedly most at risk from the disease.

does anyone happen to know the scientific reason for this?

i'm not sure if this is correct. Singapore regularly publishes statistics with regards to their dengue cases and there are many older people that get infected too. If there is a difference, it must have to do with some people having built up some immunity against it.

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I have had it 3 times over a 4 year period. Dont tell me you cant get it twice because you can. Am living proof of it. But that is not the point. Here in Bangkok where I live the mosquito problem is rampant! I live next to a wet market that operates from 4AM till noon. Have asked the govt department that deals with it to come over after my 3rd infection to fume the place. But nope!!! The market people went nuts claiming they loose a days trade. Oh well.... And lately the kids at the market here also got infected but still they wont budge! Guess as soon as the kids of the owner get it something will be done.

fumigating only kills the adult mosquitos, it doesn't resolve the problem of breeding mosquitos. Best is to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitos can breed. If you fumigate, you have to do it regularly, say 2 times per week for it to be effective. And even in places like Singapore they say it's not very effective. Eliminating breeding is most important.

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After that celebrity Por passed away from that disease, it's suddenly big news, though this disease has been in South East Asia for ages aka unreported for the sake of Thailand's image.....

He should still be alive. He was initially misdiagnosed at a private hospital. He had been infected with dengue before, and the result can be DHF. If he had gone to a local hospital in the boonies the doctors would have recognised in straight away, as they see similar cases a lot. Por was in a bad state for more than two months before he died. I believe he was being kept alive to help 'prepare' Thais for the inevitable.
just to be clear, even if they diagnose you with dengue there is not much they can do except for hydrating you and giving you pain killer. So standard treatment when you get diagnosed with dengue is to keep hydrated, stay home and relax and take pain killer. If the fever gets worse come back to hospital again.

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