dengue Cases on the rise Thailand,and Division of Disease Control Infections have been reported to increase in 18 provinces including Chonburi, Phuket and Bangkok. A high-level digital meeting was held yesterday under the supervision of Taret Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Division of Disease Control at the Ministry of Public Health. Here, they discuss rising dengue cases with public health officials from 30 districts in 18 provinces.
In his speech, Tarrett highlighted the increase in dengue cases in several provinces in Thailand over the past eight weeks. These include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phayao, Tak, Phetchabun, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani, Krabi, Phuket, Songkhla, Satun, Narathiwat and the capital Bangkok.
The worrying trend has drawn scrutiny because the number of dengue infections in the past four weeks has exceeded the average for the same period in the previous five years. Tarrett pointed out that this shows that the area in question is dangerously close to being marked as a dengue-endemic area.
In order to contain the situation and prevent further escalation, Tarrett has tasked all relevant government organizations with providing academic support and resources to help urgently reduce the number of dengue cases. The Department of Disease Control is also working with the Department of the Interior to deploy additional personnel to combat the spread of the disease.
Under the Communicable Diseases Act 2015 (BE 2558), dengue fever has been identified as a communicable disease requiring regular monitoring. The legislation empowers the Director-General of the Department of Disease Control to designate areas with high and persistent dengue outbreaks as endemic areas when deemed necessary.
This designation means that, under these specific regional circumstances, public health officials may legally enter property, sites or vehicles with suspected or confirmed outbreaks to implement surveillance and disease management procedures. According to The Pattaya News, such interventions could include conducting mosquito breeding site surveys, eliminating mosquito breeding sites, and using chemical sprays to eradicate mosquitoes in places such as homes, temples, schools, hotels or other normally inaccessible areas.