This monsoon season, health officials are worried about dengue illness. Eight dengue fever deaths were reported in Thailand in July. 14 died by August 16. Dengue fever symptoms include high fever, headaches, body aches, rashes, and red patches. Nausea, vomiting, stomachache, and appetite loss are some symptoms. Dengue fever is suspected if a fever lasts more than two days and fever-reducing medications don’t work. Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the DDC, advocates keeping homes tidy, storing stuff orderly, and enhancing sunlight. The doctor recommends putting lids on vases and changing the water weekly.

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) registered 9,473 dengue fever cases on July 11. Since January, 17,412 instances had been reported by August 16. The government predicts heightened dengue fever epidemics due to the disease’s seasonal spike. Aspirin and ibuprofen shouldn’t be used to treat dengue. The DDC says most deaths from shock occur once the fever starts to fall.

Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Tak, and Si Saket have the most cases. According to the department, adults are most affected. Dengue is carried by infected Aedes mosquitos, also known as Asian tiger mosquitos. Use mosquito repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and burn mosquito-repelling incense, available at 7-Eleven. Taking extra efforts to prevent mosquito bites is urged in Thailand, especially when instances of dengue fever have nearly doubled in the past month.

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