Pattaya warns of chikungunya fever rising in area

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

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The Pattaya City mayor has ordered local public health staff to contain the spread of chikungunya in the area, which according to public health officials has increased recently.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem told The Pattaya News, “We have ordered the Public Health and Environment Division staff to control the spread of chikungunya fever as the weather has changed which has caused an increase with infections.”

“The virus comes from bites from infected mosquitoes. Patients will have high fever, discomfort and joint pain for, on average, about four days. In some cases patients will need hospitalization.”

“Locals have been educated about chikungunya fever and how to protect themselves such as limiting small sources of water around homes where mosquitoes can breed.” Mayor Sonthaya concluded.

Pattaya City has also been sending fumigators with pest control companies to local suburbs and areas to reduce standing water, as well as had closed hotels and other businesses with fountains filled with standing water to empty the bodies of water to reduce the chance of mosquitos.

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

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