BANGKOK, 6 July 2013 (NNT) - Dengue situation in Northeastern part of Thailand is exacerbating as over 5,400 people in 4 provinces have now been infected with dengue virus. The virus has, this year, killed 5 patients in those provinces.

According to the Public Health Ministry, over 5,400 people have been infected with the deadly dengue virus in 4 northeastern provinces, including Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, and Surin. Five of those patients have already been killed by the virus.

Therefore, the Disease Prevention and Control Center is now raising public awareness and educating residents in those areas regarding the issue. Risk-prone areas will be cleaned up weekly and mosquito-killer spray will be used, especially in schools, where mosquitoes usually breed.

Those who experience flu, headache, body ache, or loss of appetite for longer than 2 days, are warned to consult a doctor immediately as they could be infected by the deadly dengue virus.