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Dengue Fever in Thailand

20 Feb 2013

The Ministry of Public Health for Thailand has reported 5739 cases of dengue fever nationwide between 1 January and 5 February 2013. This compares with 1056 cases during the same time period in 2012.

The 5 provinces with the highest attack rate are in the south of Thailand: Songkhla, Krabi, Phatthalung, Surat Thani and Rayong.

Advice for Travellers

Thailand is a popular tourist destination and travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.