An official is training fog to control mosquitoes in a patient with dengue haemorrhagic fever in the Lat Phrao area of Bangkok. (Photo of Patipat Janthong file)
The Department of Disease Control announced Friday an outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever this year, with 28,785 patients, 43 of whom died.
Dr. Preecha Prempree, Deputy Director General of the Department, said the numbers ranged from January 1 to June 11, when the number of patients had doubled the five-year average.
The situation is the same in the neighboring countries of Thailand thanks to a similar climate and conditions, he said. He attributed the outbreak to the lack of control of mosquito larvae.
On Friday, the Ministry of Public Health signed an agreement with seven government agencies to seriously control mosquito larvae. These are the Ministries of Defense, Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Defense, # 39; Education and Metropolitan Administration of Bangkok.
Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai, Permanent Secretary for Public Health, said control would focus on communities, temples, schools and hospitals. "Communities and temples are a major source of mosquito larvae," he said.