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Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Thailand reports 33 dengue fever deaths in first four months of 2013

The number of dengue fever cases and fatalities have doubled since the middle of March, as the Thailand Disease Control Department (DDC) reports 26,000 cases and 33 deaths from January 1 to April 30 this year.

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This is up from the  Thai Public Health Ministry report  in mid-March that showed that 13,200 Thais were ill with dengue, including 16 deaths.

According to Disease Control Department Director-General Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, Northeast of Thailand has been the region with the fastest spreading of the deadly disease in the past 5 years, thanks to the inclement weather like global warming and off-season rain, the National News Bureau of Thailand reports.

Education about mosquito breeding sites and mosquito bite prevention have been a goal of the health ministry, particularly those in the Northeast provinces.

In February, Thai health officials said they feared there could be 100,000 cases of dengue reported in 2013.

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