Dengue fever to surge again this year

NAKHON RATCHASIMA province has received a warning from two ministries that dengue fever which has remained subdued for two years will surge again this year because immunity from the previous outbreak is waning, INN News said today (Mar. 30).

Both Interior and Public Health ministries warned this northeastern province to brace for a stronger outbreak of this disease this year, provincial Governor Mr. Wichian Chantranothai said.

It is expected that there will be around 95,000 cases of dengue fever in 2022 with the monthly total during the rainy season, from June to September, likely to be as high as 10,000-16,000 cases.

Should a Covid-infected patient also catch dengue fever this would lead to severe symptoms and higher risk of death.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Control No. 9 in this province said that during Jan.-Feb. this year the total number of dengue fever cases in the four lower northeastern provinces reached 1,199 with the breakdown being as follows: Nakhon Ratchasima, 737 cases; Chaiyaphum, 223; Buriram, 143; and Surin, 96.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said this morning there were 25,389 Covid cases and 87 deaths over the past 24 hours with this increasing the cumulative confirmed total since the beginning of this year to 1,377,352 and since the start of the pandemic 3,600,787, said.

Today’s 87 fatalities raised the death toll to 25,045.

Another 26,084 patients were cured taking total recoveries since the beginning of the year to 1,162,876 while 244,372 are still undergoing treatment.


Top: A mosquito about to bite. Photo:  Erik F. Brandsborg (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Home Page: Officials spraying to kill mosquito breeding grounds in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Photo: INN News

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