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Dengue spray in Phuket: eradicating the breeding pools is preferred

Dengue May Be in Retreat on Phuket

Monday, September 13, 2010
THE DENGUE fever surge on Phuket appears to be receding, if latest figures are a guide. There have been 599 victims so far this year, but no deaths.

However, the latest figures from Phuket Public Health show a falling off in monthly cases in August after a sudden increase through June and July.

The figures for the year so far are: January 28, February 49, March 44, April 42, May 63, June 155, July 153, August 70.

Nationwide, figures reveal 70,902 cases with 87 reported deaths, a 117.23 percent increase over the same period last year. Provinces that have been hit hard include Pattani, Songkhla, Krabi, Narathiwat, Phatthalung, Satun, Chanthaburi, Phitsanulok and Tak.

Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam have all suffered outbreaks.

Koh Maprao, an island that lies just a short distance from Phuket, has been held up to the international community for its good record on dengue extending back to 2001.

The success on the island, home to about 800 people, is largely due to volunteers who work with the local Imam, island authorities and school headmasters to prevent the development of all diseases, dengue included.

Rather than rely on regular sprays, the island community actively obliterates the places where mosquitoes breed. Urban areas are especially prone to the disease.

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Time we copy Koh Maprao, an island that lies just a short distance from Phuket, maybe we should hire the Imam to run Phuket. He seems to have the answer: CARING !

Posted by Brian on September 13, 2010 16:37


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