DENGUE FEVER VICTIMS IN THAILAND MAY SOAR TO 120,000 AT END-2013

12 Jul 2013 11:19

BANGKOK, July 8 (Bernama) -- The number of dengue fever patients in Thailand is feared to rise to 120,000 this year as health experts warn the public to clean up mosquito breeding grounds during this monsoon season, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Director-general of the health ministry’s Disease Control Department, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, said that there were over 59,000 dengue fever patients in the country this year, 68 of which had died.

Opas however said that his department is trying to keep the number of patients below 100,000 this year.

Apart form that, he also noted that the World Health Organisation had urged for close monitoring of the new ‘SARS-like’ coronavirus, which had reportedly spread from the Middle East.

Meanwhile, a travel advisory had already been issued for Haj pilgrims planning to visit the Middle East this year.

-- BERNAMA

IAMS RT