By Prasit Tangprasert
Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control on Friday reported on its website (ddc.moph.go.th) that as of July 31, there had been 59,167 dengue fever patients nationwide this year – 67 of whom died. That represents a prevalence rate of 89.57 per 100,000 population, 1.6 times more than the same period of last year. The Northeast had the most patients at 118.89 per 100,000 population followed by the South (90.22), Central Thailand (72.18) and the North (68.43), the department said.
The Northeast has experienced 26,117 dengue fever patients (with 30 deaths) this year, Central Thailand 16,098 cases (with 21 deaths), the South 8,454 cases (with 12 deaths) and the North 8,498 cases (with four deaths), according to the Department of Disease Control.
Citing the Health Region 9 Office's July 18 report, Narinrat said the top 10 worst-affected provinces for dengue fever this year were Ubon Ratchathani, Trat, Bung Kan, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Yala, Loei, Rayong, Sa Kaew and Roi Et. The Health Region 9 Office’s jurisdiction covers the four lower northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Surin, which had a dengue fever prevalence rate per 100,000 population of 137.29, 106.34, 92.46, and 82.21 respectively, he said.
Narinrat said that Nakhon Ratchasima had reported 4,080 dengue fever patients (2,098 males and 1,982 females) with two deaths from January 1-July 18, and that 1,114 of those patients were children aged 10-14 and 885 were children aged 5-9.
During that period, the top 10 districts with the most patients were Soeng Sang, Sung Noen, Chok Chai, Sida, Kham Thale Sor, Sikhiu, Noen Daeng, Nong Bunnak, Phimai and Lam Thamainchai. During June 18-July 18, a total of 25 districts of Nakhon Ratchasima also experienced dengue fever cases in 25 per cent of their tambon, he said, noting that the provincial health office had thus joined with communities and schools in a campaign to periodically destroy mosquito larvae breeding grounds.