Thailand dengue cases up an additional 5,000, Actor Por Sahawong in coma
The dengue fever outbreak in Thailand has grown by another 5,000 cases during the past week, according to the Thai Bureau of Epidemiology’s (BOE) latest data. Through November 8, health officials put the case tally at 107,563 from all 77 provinces and Bangkok.
In addition, four more dengue related fatalities were reported.
In a related story, Thai actor, Thrisadee “Por” Sahawong has contracted dengue hemorrhagic fever and is currently in a coma at Ramathibodi Hospital, according to a Bangkok Post report today.
The popular 37-year-old actor was placed on a respirator and later suffered renal failure. He also suffered severe lung bleeding, shock and heart arrhythmia, and needed resuscitation for about three minutes and blood pressure stimulants.
Doctors say he is responding to treatment; however, concerns continue about complications.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.
There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
Symptoms of DHF, which Por suffers, include all the symptoms of classic dengue (very high fever, up to 105°F, severe headache, pain behind the eye, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting and a rash) plus severe damage to the blood vessels. Bleeding from the nose, gums or under the skin are common. This form of dengue can be fatal.