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Dengue fever in Thailand: Southeast Asia travelers should protect themselves from mosquitoes
If you spend your vacation in Southeast Asia, you should definitely protect yourself from mosquitoes. Thailand is currently experiencing the biggest dengue epidemic in 20 years. The dangerous infectious 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 currently a severe dengue epidemic that is affecting Thailand in particular.
Dengue epidemic in Thailand
“Thailand is experiencing the biggest dengue epidemic in 20 years. More than 136,000 cases of the world's fastest spreading tropical disease have been reported since the beginning of the year, more and more among children between 10 and 15 years, "says the portal" thaizeit.de ".
According to the Center for Travel Medicine (CRM), most cases were registered in Bangkok and Chiang Mai province in the north of the country.
Although there is a risk of infection all year round, the main transmission period is the months of July and August. 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)