Spike in dengue cases expected in Thailand in 2016, expert says

The number of dengue cases in Thailand is expected to spike this year, a researcher said, as experts from across Asia met to discuss introduction of the first ever dengue vaccine to control and prevent the disease.

An anti-government protester carries out fumigation to prevent the spread of dengue fever during a rally near the Government Complex in Bangkok February 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

In Thailand, the 2016 caseload may be on par with the last big outbreak in 1987, when there were about 170,000 cases, said Dr. Usa Thisyakorn, professor of pediatrics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and chairwoman of Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy (ADVA).

“We have had a lot of patients in this season. It’s a big predictor that we’ll have a big problem with dengue this year. If even in the cool season we have dengue, then it will be worse in the following year” in the hot and rainy seasons, Usa said on the sidelines of the Asia Dengue Summit organized by ADVA.Read More

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