A nationwide dengue fever outbreak is ongoing in Thailand. A total of 50,079 cases, including 65 associated deaths, have been reported throughout the country's 77 provinces between January 1 and early September. The most affected areas include Nakornpathom, Phuket, Phichit, Tak, and Krabi provinces. Officials have advised people to take precautions against mosquitoes and to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.
Individuals present in Thailand are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds on their properties (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).
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