Measures to counter dengue initiated in Phuket, Thailand, after 3rd child dies

The death of a 10 year old child, the 3rd this year in Phuket to die due to dengue fever, has prompted increased measures to reduce the mosquito population. So far this year, there have been 1,885 cases of dengue fever reported in the province. Some of the most affected areas include high tourist destinations, including Thalang, Kathu, Phuket City, Mai Khao (home to some of the island's top five-star resorts), Sarkoo, Thepkasattri, Paklok and Srisoonthorn.

There may be many more unreported cases of dengue since counting and reporting cases may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and many persons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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