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Officials carry out mosquito fogging in Phuket Town to combat dengue fever

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Dengue Fever fogging in Thailand

It’s the other virus less talked about since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with that particular one abating, dengue fever is once more back in the spotlight.  Officials from the Public Health and Environmental Division of the Phuket City Municipality conducted a fogging operation in Phuket Town this week, aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

(The ‘fogging’ is carried out periodically and is an effective and safe way to kill mosquito eggs. The insecticide used in the mosquito fogging is a synthetic pyrethroid that is very similar to the insecticides used in most domestic insect spray cans that are found on supermarket shelves. The ‘fog’ is created by blasting the mixture of insecticide and water into very fine droplets through the fogging machine)

Dengue fever, while generally not fatal in most people, is a bigger risk for the elderly and vulnerable populations. It can certainly be very painful, and dangerous if caught numerous times. Over 500,000 people globally contract the virus each year, with around 12,500 dying from it according to Samitivej Hospital.

Health officials in Phuket have carried out fogging across Phuket City in a bid to help prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from breeding further. The operation was carried out at housing communities and residential estates. The dengue fever virus continues to pose a health risk in Thailand, with health officials saying this year has been particularly dangerous.

The best way to avoid Dengue is not to get bitten by mosquitos. HERE are some tips.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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