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Dengue fever an added threat to lives

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is warning people to beware of dengue fever, after rains in several regions of Thailand has resulted in an abundance of mosquitos.

Dr Asadang Ruayajin, DDC’s deputy director-general, said that since January 1 to April 7, 8,147 people in the provinces of Ang Thong, Rayong and Phichit have been infected with dengue fever and four have died from the disease so far.

“The number of infections [over 8,000] is very high compared to previous years, so the situation needs to be monitored very carefully,” he said.

In order to circumvent an increase in infections, Asadang urged people to get rid of breeding grounds for mosquito larvae, adding that people can call the 1422 DDC hotline for advice.

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