Dengue fever outbreak plagues Southeast Asia

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dengue spraySoutheast Asia is in the grip of an unusually intense outbreak of dengue fever. Cases this year are up 50% across the region over the same period last year.

Thailand is among the hardest hit. More than 83 people died in the country from dengue, and over 93,000 cases of infection were reported in the first seven months of this year. This is more than triple last year’s numbers.

An early rainy season this year has been blamed for the rise in overall infections. This is because dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes, which spawn in standing water. This spring was unusually wet in Thailand and dengue cases began to be reported in large numbers as early as April. Such numbers are not typically seen until June and July.

Many health officials are also blaming global warming, which they suspect promoted an earlier than average breeding season for mosquitoes this year.

There is, as of yet, no effective vaccine for dengue. Thus fumigation and eradication, including the draining of standing pools and ponds, are still the best tools available for combating this epidemic. In Bangkok, city employees with large fumigation machines fan out across the city daily to spray around the areas where dengue outbreaks have been reported.

Singapore has also been hit unusually hard. This week the fifth person died, and officials reported 14,363 cases so far this year, which makes this the worst outbreak ever for Singapore. And the season is far from over.

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Southeast Asia is in the grip of an unusually intense outbreak of dengue fever. Cases this year are up 50% across the region over the same period last year.

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dengue spraySoutheast Asia is in the grip of an unusually intense outbreak of dengue fever. Cases this year are up 50% across the region over the same period last year.

Thailand is among the hardest hit. More than 83 people died in the country from dengue, and over 93,000 cases of infection were reported in the first seven months of this year. This is more than triple last year’s numbers.

An early rainy season this year has been blamed for the rise in overall infections. This is because dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes, which spawn in standing water. This spring was unusually wet in Thailand and dengue cases began to be reported in large numbers as early as April. Such numbers are not typically seen until June and July.

Many health officials are also blaming global warming, which they suspect promoted an earlier than average breeding season for mosquitoes this year.

There is, as of yet, no effective vaccine for dengue. Thus fumigation and eradication, including the draining of standing pools and ponds, are still the best tools available for combating this epidemic. In Bangkok, city employees with large fumigation machines fan out across the city daily to spray around the areas where dengue outbreaks have been reported.

Singapore has also been hit unusually hard. This week the fifth person died, and officials reported 14,363 cases so far this year, which makes this the worst outbreak ever for Singapore. And the season is far from over.

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