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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I understand there is now quite a problem in tropical, Southern Vietnam with dengue fever, and was wondering about Thailand. Has anyone read any reports recently about mosquito-borne disease there?

Sorry, I should have looked further, but now I see "Dengue fever in Thailand - warning".

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Feb-2009, at 22:41 by Daawgon. Mod: linked thread ]

2. Posted by nin_hydrin (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I don't hear any news about dengue situation in this year.

Normally, now which is dry season the dengue virus does not spread well. But I notice that this year there are a lot of mosquitoes. So be careful!!!

3. Posted by vickon (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Dont worry. Just take a lotion for moschitos and you will not have any problem. Just dont forget to use it!
I was there for one month from the north to the south and not even a moschito bite !!!

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 465 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Vikon - this is really scant advice - many people don't react to mozzie bites so don't know if they are bitten.
It is the dry season in Thailand at present and already the figures are high (10 to 100 thousand infected) - deaths are rare.

Here are some tips to avoid Dengue...
Tips to avoid Dengue

NB – I’m not a doctor of medicine.

There is at present no vaccine against or cure for Dengue fever.

Treatment is basic – rest, water and paracetamol – NO ASPIRIN

It lasts from 4 to 10 days

It is a virus transmitted by mozzie bites

The mozzie has to bite an infected person and then infect another person by biting tem. (A mozzie can live up to 4 months)

There are 4 types of dengue virus – so immunity to one doesn’t provide protection from the other.

Many people don’t report their illness from Dengue as it can be quite mild and go unnoticed or un-diagnosed.

Subsequent bouts of Dengue appear to be the more serious. Haemorrhagic (bleeding) Dengue can be fatal.

The only way to avoid Dengue is not to be bitten – to avoid this it helps to know a little about the animal you are trying to avoid.

The Aedes Mosquito that transmits Dengue is particularly at home in URBAN areas – it likes to breed in small pools of water – e.g. flower-pots, car tyres etc etc – don’t think because you are in a town or any particular area that you are lees at risk – Dengue is pretty much pandemic in Thailand.

Only the females feed on blood (and therefore bite humans), they only feed once every few hours (up to 24 hrs)
Multiple bites are usually from multiple mosquitoes – one may make several unsuccessful attempts – but just because you can’t see or hear others doesn’t mean they’re not there.

There is a theory (British Military) that we ALL get bitten more or less the same, it’s just that some people get a stronger reaction (e.g. itchy lump) to the bite – so no red marks, doesn’t necessarily mean no bites.

The Aedes Mozzie is regarded as a “daylight” flyer – and apparently the highest risk of being bitten is at dawn and dusk – these are times when humans can be least covered in clothing – either getting up or after a day in the sun.

The best thing to do is cover up – put on long-sleeved and long-legged light-coloured clothing. (There is a theory that many mosquitoes look for dark silhouettes to land on). – Don’t forget feet and ankles.

5. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Yes, there is a lot of Dengue Fever in Thailand at the moment - a Thai friend of mine's daughter just got it in Bangkok.

Cover up and put on that repellent!