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Planning a trip to Thailand? Take your mosquito repellent

Travelers to Thailand should take extra precautions against mosquitoes this year: the country has reported an increase in cases of dengue fever.

According to Germany's Center for Travel Medicine (CRM), there have already been 136,000 dengue fever cases registered in Chiang Mai province this year - the highest level in 20 years.

While there is a risk of infection all year round in Thailand, the greatest danger is in the months of July and August, the CRM says.

Dengue is transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito, which is most active in daylight hours. Other countries in the region, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, are also affected.

The main symptom of the disease is a high fever, accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Most healthy people will recover on their own.

There is no inoculation against dengue, so people must protect themselves by using mosquito repellents. The most effective are those containing the agent DEET (Diethyltoluamide).

However, in a small number of cases, DEET can cause side effects such as a skin rash, cardiovascular problems and respiratory issues. Travelers are advised to consult their doctor about the possible risks.

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