The first two months of this year have seen the number of dengue fever patients in Thailand double from the same period last year, Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, has said.
The first two months of 2016 saw 8,651 dengue fever cases and one death – compared to 4,263 cases over the first two months of 2015, Sopon said.
Central Thailand had the most cases at 4,431 cases followed by the Northeast (1,965), the South (1,300) and North (955), he said. In terms of provinces, Bangkok reported the most cases at 2,223 patients followed by Si Sa Ket (355) and Songkhla (335), he added.
He warned that the dengue fever situation could be as bad as 2013, when about 11,000 cases were found over the same period and a total of 160,000 cases were reported for the year. So, he urged hospitals to screen for dengue fever patients and provincial health offices to campaign for destruction of mosquito incubation grounds every seven days.