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Dangerous dengue fever: Thailand vacationers should protect themselves from mosquitoes
If you are planning your vacation in Thailand, you should definitely consider mosquito repellent when preparing your trip. Because dengue fever cases are currently piling up in the Southeast Asian country. The dangerous disease is also common in other countries in the region.
Dangerous infectious diseases in Southeast Asia
Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia: Southeast Asia is one of the most popular vacation regions in the world. Every year millions of tourists travel to the area to relax on dream beaches, visit ancient temples and enjoy the wonderful food. However, various health threats from tropical diseases also threaten in these countries. There is a recent trend to dengue cases of dengue fever in Thailand.
More and more dengue cases in Thailand
About 7,560 dengue fever infections have been reported in Thailand since the beginning of the year, twelve people have died, reports the Center for Travel Medicine (CRM) on its website.
"The region around Bangkok and the south of the country are particularly affected," said the experts.
Over 50,030 illnesses and 59 deaths were reported last year. These were the highest number of cases in 20 years.
"There is a risk of infection all year round, the main transmission time is the months of July and August," says the CRM.
In addition to Thailand, countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines are also affected.
Avoid mosquito bites
Malaria also worries many tourists. This fear is justified because resistant pathogens have been spreading in Southeast Asia for years.
To protect yourself from dangerous infectious diseases, you should avoid mosquito bites. Wearing light, loose clothing and using mosquito nets are options that help to combat annoying mosquitoes.
Above all, the chemical defense is effective. Agents with the active ingredient DEET (diethyltoluamide) are recommended as mosquito repellent.
Dengue carriers stand out during the day
Malaria is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, which is active during twilight. Dengue fever, on the other hand, is transmitted by the diurnal Asian tiger mosquito.
After an incubation period of three to 14 days, flu-like symptoms such as headache and body aches sometimes develop in dengue. Some patients experience an itchy rash.
Not all infected people develop symptoms of the disease. The complaints usually last about a week. For most of those affected, dengue fever disappears without further consequences. Vaccination against the disease is not available. (ad)