ThailandINCREASE IN DENGUE CASES IN THAILANDMar 19, 2013
According to TravelCare International, the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas are most affected in the recent rise in dengue fever activity. More than 13,000 cases have been reported in Thailand since the beginning of the year. This is four times higher than the number of reported cases in the same period last year. The disease has killed at least 16 people nationwide.
Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes that bite during the day and often found in urban areas. Dengue causes pain in muscles, bones and joints, as well as high fever and headache/pain behind the eyes. Complete recovery can take two to four weeks. There is no treatment and no vaccine available for prevention.
Occasionally, infected people can develop a more severe form of the disease called dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF). This usually occurs in people who have previously been infected with one strain of dengue fever, then contract a different strain. DHF is very serious and sometimes fatal.
Diphtheria outbreakDec 03, 2012
A diphtheria outbreak has been reported in some areas in the north and northeast of Thailand, according to TravelCare International. More than 40 people have been diagnosed and at least four people have died.
Diphtheria is a serious, potentially fatal, bacterial infection of the throat. Most cases occur in non-immunized or inadequately immunized people. It is passed from person to person through inhaling droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. The first symptoms are fever and a sore throat. A membrane develops across the throat which makes it difficult to swallow and breathe. The toxin may also affect the heart and nervous system.
Diphtheria is treated with a combination of antibiotics, anti-toxin and measures to alleviate symptoms. An effective vaccine is available to protect against the disease. It is often combined with vaccination against tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis). Spike in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)Jul 18, 2012
Spike in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)
According to International SOS, there is an ongoing outbreak HFMD across Thailand. For most people, it is a mild illness with a fever, sores in the mouth and a red rash on the hands and feet. Occasionally, however, the illness can be severe.
There is no vaccine for HFMD. Good hygiene will reduce chance of infection. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Do not share food, drinks, or eating utensils. Avoid kissing and hugging.