By Ms. Wakako Matsumoto (Minamata Church, Fukuoka Diocese)
Dengue fever is prevalent in Thailand now and many people around Ms. Matsumoto have it. Ms. Matsumoto wrote to us.
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The leaders in Plang Jai Pooying live based on Chiang Mai. They sometimes go back to their home villages to discuss on their situation and handicrafts.
The member, one after another, says that it is difficult to make handicrafts since August. It is due to the health problem. The members themselves and their family members are not well. Some of the members in Chiang Mai are sick, too. We wondered that dengue started spreading this year again and hope they will get well soon. However, it has become worse and more people get sick. I asked their symptom and they said that besides the high fever they have sputum with blood and internal bleedings all over the body. It is dengue hemorrhagic fever and epidemic this year. In Chiang Mai it is breaking out most in Sankamphaeng and people ask me, "How are you? Do you have fever or bleeding?" instead of "Have you eaten?" After that new influenza also started spreading and people talk about health everywhere.