It is currently the rainy season in Thailand. It is also the time when a number of diseases start to spread in the country. Some of the diseases are not very contagious; others are quite virulent, and Dengue fever is one of the nastiest. At this time of the year when there is a lot of rain, it makes it easy for a certain kind of mosquito, which carries the Dengue fever virus, to lay their eggs. Because of this, many people, especially young kids and the elderly, are likely to catch the virus easily. Foreigners who want to travel to Thailand during this period have to make sure they bring mosquito repellent or it would be even better to try to avoid being bitten by this tiny insect while they are having a good time in the land of smiles. Nobody wants to be severely sick while travelling to another country, do they?
I once had to stay at the hospital for over a week and a half as a consequence of catching the disease. At no other time in my life have I thought I was going to die, but at that time I surely did. Initially, I thought that I would not be that ill, because as a youngster I was not very healthy and being unwell was just a normal part of my childhood. Four or five days after I started to have a fever, my parents became aware that this time my sickness was not the same as the other illnesses I used to suffer. In the end, I was taken to the hospital. I could not eat and constantly threw up. I had to have an intravenous drip in my arm. It was such a pain seeing that I had to walk my drip with me every time I wanted to use the toilet, but in fact I spent almost the whole time in bed anyway. So, when you visit Thailand, please try not to catch it.