The Thai government has warned people to brace themselves for dengue fever and the hand-foot-mouth outbreak during the rainy season.
The pl. Government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said people should especially protect themselves against dengue fever. She also quoted figures from the Department of Disease Control, which showed that 16,276 people had contracted dengue fever from January 1 to August 10, and 14 people had succumbed to the virus.
She pointed out that most of those who died from the virus were at least 35 years old, meaning dengue fever is no longer a disease that only affects children.
She advised people to see a doctor immediately if they have a high fever for more than two days and especially if they have persistent headaches, muscle aches, and small red spots on the body and extremities.
Traisuree said a timely visit to the doctor will help reduce the number of fatalities. She also encouraged people to remove mosquito breeding grounds such as standing water or cover their water containers with a lid.
She said the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health has also warned parents and teachers to watch out for head-foot-and-mouth disease in young people, especially preschoolers.
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