Dengue fever is up nearly 94% in Thailand over the same time last year. Symptoms include high fever and headache, and some people get a rash – others have no rash. The disease is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites an uninfected person – infecting that 2nd person bit and possibly any others it bites as well.
Dengue usually lasts 2-7 days and usually is only life threatening to those over 60 or those under 2 years old. If you suspect Dengue fever – get to a doctor quickly.
The most affected provinces are: Â Narathiwat, Phayao, Krabi, Chiang Rai, Rayong, Songkhla, Pattani, Phetchabun and Trat.
Dengue fever infects between 50 – 100 MILLION people each year across the globe.
Dengue is transmitted by only 2 mosquitoes:
1. Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti – usually this is the bugger.
2. Aedes albopictus mosquito – less often this one.
Both of these bite people to feed on blood ONLY during the daylight hours. Spray or lotion with DEET 28+ works as do the mosquito coils you light. The mosquitoes tend to bite the feet – below the knees, so keep the coil low. Cover your feet and legs in repellant.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a TON of information on Dengue – check it out!