So far this year , there have been 26 000 dengue fever patients with the number of deaths recorded from the mosquito-borne disease at 33, higher than last year , according to Dr Wichai Satimai, an expert of the Department of Disease Control.
He said regarding dengue fever that now, on average, infections rose to 2000 every 2 weeks with 3 to 4 deaths. The most vulnerable group were children aged below 15 years old.
According to the information, about 90 per cent of dengue infections showed no symptoms. However, he said it is believed that the number of dengue fever patients is likely to increase as the rainy season nears.
If anyone has a high fever for 2 consecutive days, they should see a doctor as delayed medical consulting and diagnosis underlying the disease contributed to most deaths from the fever, he said.
The public health ministry has worked with the health department and the Office of Basic Education Commission to eradicate mosquitoes at home and in school.
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