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Major Dengue Outbreak Closes Pattaya School

Pattaya Sawang Boriboon School Closed Dengue
A Nongprue Subdistrict public-health worker fumigates a classroom at Swanag Boriboon school after a dozen cases of mosquito-borne illnesses. (Photo: Pattaya Mail with permission.

A dozen cases of mosquito-carried diseases – not Covid-19 panic – have closed Pattaya’s Sawang Boriboon Wittaya School until Monday.

Principal Arunrat Sawadchutitrakul told the Pattaya Mail that he notified parents of the private school’s 4,200 students that no classes would be held until July 20 after 10 students contracted dengue fever and 3 pupils came down sick with Chikungunya since the Naklua facility reopened July 1.

The entire school is now being fumigated, inside and out, and all water sources dried, covered and laced with abate to destroy mosquitos and their larvae.

Schools across the country have been shutting down this week in response to panic over an Egyptian Air Force member who visited a Rayong shopping mall for four hours over the weekend and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Schools with no connection to the province at all have shuttered “just in case” and sprayed their facilities with disinfectant.

Sawang Boriboon Wittaya will do the same, but only because they already were bringing in the fumigation squad, Arunrat said.

Both dengue and Chikungunya have been surging in Thailand with the country’s attention diverted to the coronavirus. Dengue this year already has killed 15 people and sickened 25,708. More than 4,000 cases of Chikungunya virus, also transmitted by Aedes mosquito, hav been reported.