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Nakhon Ratchasima 's northeastern province of Thailand reported on Tuesday that a widespread epidemic of dengue fever has already killed two people and sickened more than 1,000 locals since early 2020.
"The recent dengue death was a 16-year-old boy who was already suffering from thalassemia, a blood thinning disease that may intensify the symptoms of hemorrhagic dengue fever," said Narinrat Pitchayakamin, head of the provincial public health office.
The first fatality was a resident who passed away on 10 March.
The doctor said 1,037 reported dengue cases have been registered in his health department since Jan. 1.
Narinrat urged citizens to rid themselves of any stagnant rainwater, as Thailand is now entering the rainy season.
Trapped water is a perfect mosquito breeding site, he added.
Officials for Nakhon Ratchasima Safety have treated rural areas with insecticide to stop the contagion.