Thailand Dengue Fever Epidemic Nears 140,000 Cases

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Thailand Public Health Ministry reports that nearly 140,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the kingdom so far this year, according to a Bangkok Post report.

The report goes on to say that as of Nov 6, 139,681 people have fallen ill from dengue fever around the country. The death toll from the mosquito borne viral disease stands at 129.

These numbers are up by approximately 3,000 cases and three fatalities reported just three weeks ago.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

Source: The Global Dispatch (link opens in a new window)

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