Dengue fever has claimed its first victim of the year in Bangkok, among nearly 2,400 cases reported in the capital.
Methipoj Chatamethikul, director of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Health Department, said on Friday the victim was a resident of Nong Chok district, Khok Faed subdistrict, but gave no further personal details.
Methipoj said dengue had also been detected in two other Nong Chok subdistricts – Nong Chok and Khu Nua – in the past four weeks.
He said four other people have dengue in Khok Faed, two living in the same house as the person who died and the other two neighbours.
Statistics indicate the number of dengue patients will rise in Bangkok as the year continues, Methipoj said. There were 615 cases in April and 2,399 to date this year.
The Health Department is monitoring Bang Rak, Talinchan, Sathorn, Jomthong and Klong Samwa districts.