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BBC News: Vietnamese capital Hanoi asks people not to eat dog meat

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Reported The Nation

Thailand health officials say the number of people requiring treatment for dengue fever has already topped the 50,000 mark in the first eight months of 2018.

According to the Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology, a total of 50,079 cases have been reported from the 77 provinces by August 27, of whom 65 died from complications related to the disease.

The areas where you are most likely to contract dengue include Phuket, Nakorn Pathom, Phichit, Maehongsorn and Krabi.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes in mostly tropical regions around the world. Dengue used to be called “break-bone fever” because it often causes severe joint and muscle pain that patient’s describe feels like bones are breaking.

People contract the dengue virus from the bite of an infectious Aedes mosquito – you can’t get dengue from another human.

The Ministry of Health says there are three types of dengue fever which, in order of less severe to most, are: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

The World Health Organisation estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year.

However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust suggests that the number is more likely to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

Tap-water lost near Bangkok

Pratch Rujivanarom,
Pakawan Rojanasingsawad
The Nation July 13, 2015 1:00 am

Many residents in Pathum Thani, Lop Buri and Saraburi have lost water because of the severe drought

MORE THAN 250,000 households in provinces adjacent to Bangkok have lost access to tap-water as the severe drought has disrupted waterworks in urban areas.
Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 12.59.47 PMResidents in Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri have all been hit.Raphipat Canal, which usually supplies raw water for tap-water production in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district, is one of the water sources that has run dry.The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA)’s Rangsit Office in Pathum Thani has announced that due to the water shortage, the PWA office in Thanyaburi can no longer produce tap-water.

The PWA has been trying to help residents in Thanyaburi by channelling some water from the PWA’s Rangsit office.

But with a limited supply of water to share, residents of both Thanayaburi and Rangsit have said that water barely comes out of their taps. And at some hours of the day, water does not come out at all.

Nong Sua, Thanyaburi and Lam Luk Ka districts in Pathum Thani province are now declared areas hit by water shortage.

“More than 50,000 households now have no running tap-water at their disposal,” Pathum Thani governor Pongsathorn Sajjacholaphan said yesterday.

In Lop Buri and nearby provinces, more than 200,000 households have had no piped water because sources of have all been exhausted.

“Lop Buri is now the hardest hit. About 100,000 people in this province are now struggling with disrupted tap-water services,” a local official said.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Chatchai Promlert said he has been in the process of asking the Royal Irrigation Department to help increase the volume of water from the Chao Phraya River to the Chai Nat – Pasak Canal.

“At this point, the water volume is only about five to six cubic metres of water per second. But we need water volume of at least 10 cubic metres to ensure the canal can continue to feed tap-water services,” he said.

Chatchai has also asked the governors of Nakhon Sawan and Chai Nat provinces to stop farmers pumping water from the canal into their paddy fields.

‘Farmers will cooperate’

“Farmers have agreed to co-operate. They have understood the plight of Lop Buri people who lack water for their daily life,” he said.

Local irrigation officials had also installed pumps along the canal to help speed the flow of water to a tap-water facility, he added.

Many tributaries of the Chao Phraya, including Bang Kham River and Chai Nat – Pasak Canal, which are the main water source for tap-water production for Lop Buri’s Ban Mi district, Saraburi’s Phra Buddhabhat district and Tha Rua district in Ayutthaya, have dried up.

In order to tackle the tap-water shortage, PWA Rangsit office has asked the people in affected areas to save water in containers and said it is working with the Irrigation Department to distribute more water to generate tap-water.

The Pathum Thani governor Pongsathon said he is coordinating with Subdistrict Administrative Organisations in Nong Sua, Thanyaburi and Lam Luk ka districts to distribute water to affected households by fire trucks.

These areas have faced the most severe drought in decades.

Previously, farmers have seen their crops destroyed by the water shortage. But the situation has got worse and now affects domestic water usage in the area.

The almost totally dry Klong Raphipat Canal has also caused a canal-side road to collapse because of the sharp drop in the water level underground.

The severe drought also lead to fear that the capital will also be hit by the lack of tap-water. Governor of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Thanasak Watanathana has warned previously that supplies for tap-water in Bangkok may run out within 30 days if there is no rain by August.

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First Thai MERS case

The Public health Ministry Thursday confirmed the first MERS case in Thailand after laboratory test determined that a foreign visitor had contracted the deadly virus, according to Dr Prasert Thongcharoen, the ministry’s senior adviser.

Prasert, who is also chairman of Thailand’s expert panel on virulogy and epidemics, said the patient is understood to have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a foreign country.The unnamed patient then visited Thailand and was diagnosed. The patient is reportedly 75 years old and has had contacts with 59 persons since becoming infected.Earlier, there were rumours of MERS cases in Roi-Et and other places in Thailand, but health authorities dismissed them as groundless.Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry has stepped up its surveillance of suspected MERS cases and held a teleconference with all provincial health authorities nationwide yesterday to beef up measures in response to the possible spread of MERS.

So far, the authorities have focussed people who were potentially exposed to the disease, especially those who have recently been in at-risk countries such as South Korea and Middle Eastern nations.

Dr Opas Karnkavinpong, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the surveillance system had been strictly enforced and all potential victims had undergone laboratory tests and those results would be known within one day.

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