Warning of dengue fever outbreak

The Public Health Ministry has issued a warning of the need to take precautions against dengue fever, which has claimed 50 lives so far this year.

Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the Bureau of Epidemiology reported that a total of 52,008 people had fallen ill with dengue fever between from Jan 1-Oct 16 this year, and 50 of them died.

Of the total, 20,600 of the patients werein the Central Region, 14,347 in the Northeast, 9,076 in the North, and 7,985 in South.

Dr Pornthep said the dengue situation in the South is now of concern because of the rain and water-holding areas could become a breeding ground for stripe mosquitos, the carrier of the disease.

People needing information can call hotline 1422.

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