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Staying Healthy: Mosquito Borne Illnesses in Thailand

While you need not be concerned about dengue or malaria in big cities and resort towns, it’s high risk in rural Thailand.

Aishwarya Gupta

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Mosquito borne illnesses are a significant problem in the tropics. While you need not be concerned about dengue or malaria in big cities and resort towns, it’s high risk in rural Thailand.

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Travel medical clinics keep current information on malaria zones. To combat malaria, a variety of anti-malarial medications are available. They are typically prescription but a few have bad side effects. Talk to your doctor about the correct one for you.

Anti-malarial medicine is typically started before entering a malaria zone.

Travel medical clinics keep current information on malaria zones. To combat malaria, a variety of anti-malarial medications are available.

They are typically prescription but a few have bad side effects. Talk to your doctor about the correct one for you. Anti-malarial medicine is typically started before entering a malaria zone.

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Dengue Virus is present in Thailand at the moment

Another must-do is use of a mosquito repellent containing DEET. For travel to malaria-zones, pre-treatment of clothing with Permethrin is often recommended.

Finally, Zika Virus is present in Thailand at the moment. The exact status isn’t fully known, but take precautions against being bit with an insect repellent which includes DEET.

Vaccination for Prevention: Travel to Thailand

It’s important to ensure you’ve had your childhood vaccines. If your parents were “anti-vaccination”, it’s best you see a medical specialist prior to international travel.

Most Medical Doctors suggest you’re current on tetanus, seasonal influenza, and Hepatitis A vaccinations. According to many physicians, Hepatitis B vaccination is likely a good idea as well. However, this is between you and your doctor.

At the moment, a few travel clinics are suggesting Japanese encephalitis vaccination for some travelers. The suggestion is based on your profile and exactly where you’ll visit. As for Typhoid, it’s often suggested for travelers who try different foods or are more apt to try street food. Oral Typhoid vaccination lasts roughly 4 years. While vaccination decisions are between you and your doctor, preventative measures go a long ways.

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AstraZeneca Approves Thailand’s Vaccine Factory

National News Bureau of Thailand

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BANGKOK (NNT) – AstraZeneca has approved safety standards at Thailand’s vaccine factory and will send the first batch of raw materials for vaccine production in June.

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Skin-lightening products market to reach US$31 billion by 2024

In emerging Asian and African economies, the natural aspiration to enhance one’s circumstances has led to rapid growth in the market for skin-lightening products, which is projected to reach US$31 billion by 2024.

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Recent years have seen evolving awareness of systemic inequities including racism, sexism and pro-Western chauvinism.

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?

Oxford Business Group

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?
– Covid-19 led to a slowdown in BRI projects
– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
– Sustainability, health and digital to be the new cornerstones of the initiative 

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Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.

Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.

By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.

However, as borders closed and lockdowns were imposed, progress stalled on a number of major BRI infrastructure developments.

In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.

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