Thailand Records Record Number Of Dengue Cases

“Thailand is experiencing its largest dengue epidemic in more than two decades, with a record number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease and 126 fatalities so far this year, health experts said on Thursday, pointing to climate change as a factor behind the spike in cases,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “More than 136,000 cases of dengue fever … have been confirmed so far this year” — “a more than 50 percent increase in infections compared to 2012” — but health officials say fewer deaths from the disease have occurred because of improved response, according to the news service. “Thailand’s Public Health Ministry says it is trying to contain the outbreak through nationwide fumigation campaigns to eradicate the mosquito breeding grounds, public awareness campaigns in rural communities, and newly set-up operation centers around the country to coordinate with provincial health offices,” Reuters writes (Lefevre, 10/24).