Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever in Thailand

Geomedical Observations on Developments Over the Period 1970–1979

  • Hella Wellmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 35-42

About these proceedings


On the occasion of a research visit to Thailand in my capacity as a member of the governing board of the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, I saw for the first time the severe clinical picture of dengue with haemorrhagic symptoms among Thai children. This visit had been made possible by Profes­ sor Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Ouay Ketusinh of Bangkok, to whom I wish to express my sincere thanks in this place. In 1972 the German medical literature - the periodical Medizinische Klinik, vol. 87, pp. 152-56, to be precise - had drawn attention to this new phenomenon in the disease panorama of South East Asia, indicating a change in dengue fever from being a relatively benign tropical dis­ ease to a form having serious clinical and epidemiological ramifications. During the ten years following my first publication the new clinical picture, described as "dengue haemorrhagic fever", has become a standard component in the Thailand's system of notifiable diseases. So too, the World Health Orga­ nization publishes regular reports in its Weekly Records. On March 30/31, 1981, its Regional Office for South East Asia convened a special conference in New Delhi, thus emphasizing the significance of the diffusion of this new clini­ cal picture in the states of South East Asia.


Dengue Dengue-Fieber Fever Geomedizin Thailand /Medizin, Gesundheitswesen attention children development diseases epidemiological health research virus

Authors and affiliations

  • Hella Wellmer
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  1. 1.Institut für Geographie am Südasien-Institut der Universität HeidelbergHeidelberg 1Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69154-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69152-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0371-0165
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