Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai from the Department of Disease Control says over 10 people in central Thailand have contracted chikungunya since July, and urges people to take precautions, saying those with high fever and joint pain should seek medical advice without delay.
In total, since the beginning of the year, 7,481 people have been treated for chikungunya, with all patients surviving. The majority were in the 25 to 34 age bracket, followed by 35 – 44 and 15 – 24.
The provinces with the highest number of chikungunya patients are Pattani, Ranong, Tak, Phuket and Songkhla.
Officials were able to prevent the mosquito spread virus from developing to other areas but Dr Suwannachai says people should also make efforts to get rid of any potential breeding grounds for mosquitos.
This includes clearing rubbish away from the home, covering all food and water containers, and removing waste water or any stagnant water from around the home.
Chikungunya symptoms include high fever and rash and may also include joint pain lasting between one and two weeks. The virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can affect people of all ages.