The Department of Disease Control reveals that this year, dengue fever cases have increased in all ages.

Bangkok, Oct. 13 – The Department of Disease Control reveals that this year, dengue fever cases have increased among all ages. And a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with an abnormally small head. Emphasize that everyone should work together to eliminate breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites. To reduce the spread of infection

Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health Revealing the number of dengue fever patients from the beginning of the year until the present. Reports of cases are continually increasing. Illness is increasing in every age group. But the large group included children from school to working age, ages 5-34, and there were more than 100 deaths. The death rate in adults was higher than in children. Ready to give orders to expedite solutions to the problem of sickness and death By emphasizing measures “Know quickly, treat quickly. in every age group” which now has a test kit that helps to know the results quickly. You can go get checked at Subdistrict Health Promoting Hospitals throughout the country And remind you not to buy NSAIDs to take yourself, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofinac, and painkillers. It increases the risk of bleeding and possibly death.

Today (12 October 2023) Dr. Thongchai Keeratihatthayakorn Acting Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Mentions of solving the problem of dengue fever. The latter chaired a meeting in the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor the network's operations. and to give orders and prompt warnings to relevant agencies Using guidelines from the Public Health Emergency Operations Center, they analyze them as criteria for joint operations. The situation of dengue fever this year from 1 January - 6 October 2023 has a cumulative total of 106,548 patients. At this stage, dengue fever is still spreading. Even though some areas have reported a decrease in cases. Because Thailand still has continuous rain throughout the country. Make a container with standing water or water that is a breeding ground for large numbers of Aedes mosquitoes. which will be a carrier of dengue fever Zika virus disease Or fever, joint pain, mosquito bites.

“Therefore, important measures that must be emphasized are: Manage the environment so that it does not become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes in 7R areas, namely buildings/houses, Dhamma groups (temples/mosques/churches), schools, hotels/resorts. Surrounding industrial factories that still has a high mosquito larvae index including hospitals and government agencies Especially at the temple which has a very high index of Aedes larvae

In addition to good management by not allowing Aedes mosquitoes to breed, Individual protection is also important. That is, dengue fever has many stages. From no symptoms to pronounced symptoms Every stage can spread germs. Therefore, when a doctor diagnoses dengue fever at any stage, The patient must be prevented from being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes and transmitting the infection to others by applying mosquito repellent. It is recommended to apply both morning and evening. And if the doctor allows you to go home for treatment. People around you also need to protect yourself by applying another layer of mosquito repellent. Good prevention from the spread is Preventing germs, people and mosquitoes from meeting each other. It will be able to reduce the problem of disease outbreaks,” Dr. Thongchai said.

Dr. Thongchai further said that in addition to dengue fever, which must be continuously monitored during this rainy season. Another disease that is worrisome for pregnant women is Zika virus disease In which the current situation has the incidence of more patients being found. From the beginning of the year until October 4, 2023, 479 cases of this disease have been found from 26 provinces. In the last 4 weeks, many cases were still found in Phetchabun (24 cases) and Chanthaburi (22 cases) among pregnant women. infected with the Zika virus Passed to the fetus Causing the brain to not grow. When born, the baby will have a small head. This disease is carried by Aedes mosquitoes. Therefore, dealing with Aedes mosquitoes can prevent all 3 diseases: dengue fever and dengue fever. Fever, joint pain, mosquito bites and Zika virus disease You have to do this continuously and don't overlook small spots of standing water. The Aedes mosquitoes lay their eggs in clear, still water. Often it is a water container or water container in or around the house. If you eliminate or block the laying of eggs of Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will try to find other places to lay their eggs. Whether it is water in hidden containers such as garbage, containers, leaf sheaths that have only a little rain water remaining, etc., there is another way to get rid of Aedes mosquitoes. Create a trap for mosquitoes to lay eggs and keep an eye on it. To eliminate larvae regularly When the egg-laying cycle of Aedes mosquitoes ends. The mother mosquito will die according to its life cycle. As a result, no new generation of Aedes mosquitoes will arise. Therefore, it is another way to reduce the density of Aedes mosquitoes as well.

The Department of Disease Control asks for cooperation from the public to help reduce the Aedes mosquito population. By following the measure

"3 Keep, Prevent 3 Diseases", that is, keep the house clean and improve the environment in and around the house to be orderly. sunlight reaches Do not let there be dark corners where mosquitoes can rest. Collect rubbish around the house so that it is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes. And collect water, tightly closing the lid of the water container. Manage the container so that there is no standing water. Change the water in the vase every week. Prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs As for the people living in the flooded areas during this period Please protect yourself from mosquito bites. By applying mosquito repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net, and using mosquito coils. and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. After the water recedes, all parties involved must work together to manage the environment so that it does not become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes

Source: Thai News Agency