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Spraying for dengue mosquitoes on Phuket reduces the risks

Phuket Dengue Fever Outbreak Kills Phuket Expat

Friday, May 25, 2012
PHUKET: An expat resident of Phuket has become the first victim of mosquito-borne dengue fever so far this year, Phuket Public Health officials report.

The man, a Norwegian who spent half his time there and half on Phuket with his Thai family, died in April.

Deaths on Phuket from dengue are rare but the Director of the Phuket Provincial Health Office, Dr Sak Tenchaikul, is warning of an increasing number of cases so far this year.

The total number of dengue cases on Phuket already tallies 153, well up on 2011. Cases usually peak on Phuket around June each year.

Dr Sak said that dengue appeared to be more prevalent this year not just on Phuket but also in neighboring provinces, especially Ranong and Phang Nga, and across the border in Malaysia.

He said people needed to avoid allowing allowing small pools of water to collect, which was where mosquitoes bred. Fish should be added to ponds.

Local authorities usually spray regularly against mosquitoes.

The dangers increase for people who have had dengue once. There were more cases of dengue on Phuket in June 2010 (155 victims) than for the entire first six months of 2011.

Experts advise Phuket doctors to treat most cases of fever as though they are cases of dengue. The chances of death increase when people ignore the warning signs - fever and pain - and delay visiting a doctor.

People who buy pain-killers and try to treat themselves increase the dangers of becoming more at risk.

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Where in Phuket did this guy live?

Posted by stu on May 25, 2012 07:55

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Public Health hasn't provided details. What usually happens is that areas where there are a number of cases are given quick treatment.

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Where did you get the information "The dangers increase for people who have had dengue once"?

Posted by Brad Kenny on May 25, 2012 09:32

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From a doctor after being treated for dengue. There are four types of mosquitoes on Phuket that can give you dengue, the doctor said. A dose of dengue makes you immune to two types, but more at risk if if you come down with dengue again. A friend was told the same in Hong Kong.

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I can't remember the last time the local authorities sprayed around here in Kathu, once upon a time they used to do it frequently.

Posted by G Horne on May 25, 2012 11:33

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I had Dengue early last month for the first time. It was pretty bad for the first three days with a fever and the worst headache I've ever had. I didn't go to the doctor until day 4, which was probably not the wisest of moves to do it so late. The next day I was in hospital for three days hooked up to the IV saline drip for re-hydration. Then I was fine ?(except the bill). But fortunately the insurance covered it. Interesting to know that I immune to one type but if I get the other types then it could be more severe and lead to DHF. Some interesting information can be found here if you are interested.. http://www.oasisdesign.net/health/dengue.htm

Posted by Matt on May 25, 2012 12:07

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Very similar to my experience. No sleep, intense pain. Best to see a doctor immediately.

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Is that toxic spray really less dangerous than dengue?
I know several people in Kata who have recently in the last 3 months gotten dengue.

Posted by Vfaye on May 25, 2012 13:41

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As there are 153 people so far this year who have had dengue on the island, which is within the normal range, people shouldn't be too worried about visiting Kata or Phuket.


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