TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Bangkok issues warning to residents amid rise in dengue fever cases

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration recently warned that dengue fever is on the rise in the nation's capital, adding that the mosquito-borne virus may pose a serious threat this year.

More than 2,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported since the beginning of the year. Last year, Thailand recorded nearly 75,000 cases, 79 of which resulted in death, the Global Dispatch reports.

The disease can be caused by any one of four closely related viruses, which are transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of the illness include a high fever lasting between two and seven days, severe headache and/or pain behind the eyes, rash and mild bleeding, as well as joint, muscle and bone pain.

More life-threatening forms of the disease include dengue shock syndrome and dengue hemorrhagic fever. Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment to prevent a dengue infection, according to the Global Dispatch.

Thai health officials have advised residents to avoid maintaining mosquito breeding grounds by emptying standing water containers or spraying insecticides and to avoid spending time outdoors at dusk and dawn.