The northern province of Chiang Mai has seen a large number of people suffering from vector-born dengue fever this year, with one confirmed death and two other cases pending laboratory test results, a provincial public health office deputy director said on Tuesday.
From January 1 to July 9, Chiang Mai had 761 dengue fever patients, with the average prevalence rate of 40.77 per 100,000 population.
The province is ranked 17th in the nation in terms of the number of dengue patients, and third (following Nan and Mae Hong Son) in Public Health Region 1, Dr Waranyu Jamnongprasartporn said.
So far a 75-year-old man in Fang district was confirmed to have succumbed to the disease, while the deaths of a 22-year-old man in Doi Tao and a 10-year-old girl in Muang district were still being investigated through lab tests, he said.
Among Chiang Mai’s 23 districts, the five with the highest prevalence rates were Chom Thong (144.26 per 100,000 population), Wiang Haeng (115.46 per 100,000), Mae Ai (107.61), Doi Lor (65.31) and Mae Wang (49.07), he said. Only Samoeng and Kalayaniwattana districts had no reports of dengue fever patients.