Officials in Phuket’s Wichit municipality have rolled out a campaign against mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue fever, with widespread fogging being carried out in the area. The fogging is aimed at preventing mosquitoes from breeding, potentially transmitting dengue fever and other illnesses, some of which can be fatal in high-risk groups.
The Wichit Health and Environmental Division says this year has been a particularly risky one for dengue fever across Thailand. Yesterday, municipality workers carried out fogging operations at Phuket Villa Chao Fa Project 1 and Phuket Villa Suan Luang Village, Village No. 2, Wichit Sub-district, and in the main city district (Phuket Town).
Today, the work continues between 9.00am and midday, covering Phuket Villa Dao Rung and Chao Fa Village, Village No. 2, Wichit Sub-district, and Mueang district. People are asked to keep their pets indoors.
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According to data from the Miskawaan Health Group, some 390 million people a year contract dengue fever through mosquito bites, with the illness causing around 25,000 deaths. There is no specific treatment available for dengue fever and the best method of prevention is to avoid being bitten by covering up and using insect repellent.
Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting, a rash, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite, although not all sufferers will experience all of these symptoms.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express