BMA warns city residents against dengue risk and outbreak

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BANGKOK, 29 March 2013 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is warning the city residents to beware of possible dengue outbreak and to exterminate all mosquito-breeding sites around them.

The BMA’s Health Department Director Dr. Wantanee Wattana revealed on Thursday that there continue to be more dengue patients in Bangkok lately.

Dr. Wantanee said, between December 30, 2012 and March 23, 2013, a total of 2,622 people were diagnosed with dengue virus, with one killed by it. She stated that the latest statistics are 3 times higher than the past 5 years’ average.

Meanwhile, the department’s Disease Control Division Director Dr. Wongwat Liulak said the city residents should make sure their neighborhoods are clean and free of mosquito-breeding sites while watching out for new patients.

Dr. Wongwat stated that anyone found suffering high fever for 2 consecutive days or suspected to be infected with dengue virus must immediately be brought to receive medical attention.

He added that local health office or the BMA hotline 1555 must also promptly be informed of the situation so that an extermination team can be sent in to rid the area of dengue risk.