The local authorities have increased disease control measures to prevent dengue spread.
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Bangkok (VNA) –
Bangkok Governor Aswin Khwanmuang on September 17 alerted citizens to dengue fever as the city has recorded nearly 6,000 infections and five fatalities so far this year.

The disease is spreading in Nong Chok, Huai Khwang, Bang Kapi and Klong Samwa districts. Khwanmuang said the spreading was attributed to heavy and consistent rain in the city.

To cope with dengue fever, the local authorities have increased disease control measures, including fumigation to kill mosquito larvae. Local people are advised to keep their home and neighbouring areas clean, not to litter or let water collect at any site, as well as keep all drains clean and clear.

Anyone who suffered from a fever for more than three days should see a doctor right away, he said.

Thailand has diagnosed 52,670 cases of dengue fever and 69 of them died. Bangkok has recorded 5,899 patients and the disease has claimed the lives of five adults in the city, according to the health department of Bangkok.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and to a lesser extent, Ae.albopictus. it is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature and unplanned rapid urbanisation.

Infections were mostly found in age groups of 5-9, 10-14 and 15-24 years old.-VNA