More than 8,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Thailand in January alone, already resulting in 13 deaths.

The Department of Disease Control in Thailand has issued a stern warning amid a growing wave of dengue fever cases, urging the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The situation requires immediate attention as the number of infected people has surpassed 8,000, with 13 deaths so far.

Thongchai Disease Control Department head Kiratichuttayakorn released alarming statistics showing a 91.25 per cent increase in dengue cases compared to the same period last year.

In January this year alone, 8,197 cases of dengue fever were reported in Thailand, which shows a grim picture of the growing crisis.

“Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral infection prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, poses a serious threat.”

The disease, carried by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, presents with symptoms such as fever, severe headaches, joint pain and nausea.

Highlighting the vulnerability of children aged between five and 14, Thongchai said most cases have been reported in southern and central provinces, adding to the concern. Sadly, the deaths occurred in 11 provinces, and the oldest victim was 65 years old, The Nation reported.

Due to the crisis, mosquito repellent should be distributed in hospitals treating dengue patients to keep other patients safe,” Thongchai emphasised. The department head also urged the public to be vigilant and immediately seek medical help for those who show symptoms.

As fears over the Zika virus gripped Hua Hin, this Thai resort town saw a sudden spike in cases last month. The Prachuapkhirikhan Public Health Office has sounded the alarm, urging expectant mothers to take urgent action.

In response to an alarming spike in cases of Zika virus infection, the Prachuapkhirikhan Public Health Office has issued a stern warning for pregnant women in and around Hua Hin. The latest figures show 25 confirmed cases of the disease, requiring urgent action.

Also, Professor Yong Puoworawan, a leading expert at the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, warned of a worsening Zika virus crisis in Bangkok.

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