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Chiang Mai – Campaign to Prevent Deadly Strain of Dengue Fever

Via: City News – Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Municipality has set up a campaign in an effort to decrease the prevalence of the aedes genus mosquito which is the cause of hemorrhagic fever.

May 2012 at Thapae Gate, Tassanai Buranupakorn, the Chiang Mai Mayor along with his team led activities campaigning for hemorrhagic fever prevention. Tassanai informed the public that Chiang Mai lost quite a few citizens to the fever in the past few years.

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=399

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Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.

In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

Read more, Here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue

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HELPFUL HINTS:

People can prevent mosquito bites by wearing clothing that fully covers the skin, using mosquito netting while resting, and/or the application of insect repellent (DEET) being the most effective).

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PERSONAL THOUGHT:

‘wearing clothing that fully covers the skin’ is probably a very good idea, but it’s DAMNED HOT here, and is not terribly practical.

But repellants works very well. It’s sold everywhere, and is ‘dirt cheap’.

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This could be an ‘Urban Myth’, but it’s my understanding the Aedes mosquito  is VERY TINY, and are considered ‘day time fliers’, which means you should use repellant in the daytime, as well as the evening and after dark.

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