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article imageDengue fever claims 70 deaths in Thailand

By Leo Reyes     Aug 25, 2010 in Health
Thailand had reported 70 deaths caused by dengue fever, a disease that is triggered by mosquito bites mostly on children and young adults.
Yahoo news reports:
Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit instructed local health officials to eliminate mosquito larvae and encourage people in high-risk areas to wear mosquito repellent, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry's statement said 57,940 dengue cases were recorded from January through Aug. 20, an increase of 93.8 percent from the same period last year.
"The dengue situation is still worrying," the statement said. It urged anyone with dengue symptoms to immediately seek medical attention.
Symptoms of dengue includes high fever, joint pains, headaches, internal bleeding, among others.
Dengue is common in southeast Asian countries when typhoons and long rainy season leave low lying areas with stagnant water that become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that cause dengue outbreak.
In the Philippines, students especially children from grade school were instructed late last week by the Department of Education and Culture, to wear long pants and shirts with sleeves while attending classes, as precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease.
The health department in the Philippines and Thailand have issued circulars and instructions on the ways of preventing the spread of the disease.
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