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Dengue fever cases rises in Chonburi

The Department of Disease Control said on Monday, July 24th, that dengue fever cases in 18 provinces of Thailand, including Chonburi, Phuket, and Bangkok, had been steadily increasing. In order to discuss the rise in dengue fever cases, Taret Krassanairawiwong, the Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, conducted an online discussion with public health professionals in 30 districts across 18 provinces.

He claims that during the past eight weeks, dengue fever cases have increased in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phayao, Tak, Phetchaburi, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani, Krabi, Phuket, Songkhla, Satun, Narathiwat, and Bangkok, among 18 other Thai provinces.

In addition, more people have contracted dengue fever in the last four weeks than they did on average over the same time in the previous five years. According to Taret, this shows that these locations are getting closer to meeting the requirements to be designated as dengue fever epidemic zones.

Taret issued an order to the pertinent government agencies to immediately minimize the number of dengue fever cases by providing academic support and resources.

In order to mobilize workers to stop the spread, the Department of Disease Control is also working with the Ministry of the Interior.

Dengue fever has been designated as a communicable disease that necessitates surveillance under the Communicable Diseases Act of 2015 (B.E. 2558).

The Director-General of the Department of Disease Control has the ability to designate the affected areas as epidemic zones if there are a significant and ongoing number of dengue fever cases and the necessity for more stringent disease control measures.Public health personnel are permitted to enter homes, buildings, locations, or vehicles within these specific regions in order to execute surveillance and disease control procedures.

For instance, according to the officials, they may carry out evaluations of mosquito breeding sites, remove breeding grounds, and spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes in homes, temples, schools, hotels, and other locations where access could be restricted in normal circumstances.


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