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Dengue Fever in Thailand (Update)

07 May 2013

Dengue fever is an ongoing problem in Thailand, to date, more than 26 000 cases have been recorded in 2013. Around 2000 new cases are being reported every 2 weeks and the most affected group are children aged under 15 years.

It is thought that the number of cases is likely to increase as the rainy season approaches. Most cases have been identified in the southern region, followed by the northeastern region.

The public health ministry is working with the health department and the Office of Basic Education Commission to eradicate mosquitoes at home and in school.

Advice for Travellers

Thailand is a popular tourist destination and travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.