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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases
Volume 2014, Article ID 217237, 11 pages
Review Article

Thailand Momentum on Policy and Practice in Local Legislation on Dengue Vector Control

1Department of Parasitology and Entomology, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, 420/1 Rajvithi Road, Rajthewee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
2Department of Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mahanakorn University of Technology, 140 Cheum-Sampan Road, Nong-Chok, Bangkok 10530, Thailand
3Ministry of Public Health, Department of Disease Control, Office of Disease Prevention and Control 11, Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000, Thailand
4Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Geoinformatics, Burapha University, Chonburi 20131, Thailand
5Department of Fundamentals of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Burapha University, Chonburi 20131, Thailand

Received 4 December 2013; Revised 21 February 2014; Accepted 7 March 2014; Published 1 April 2014

Academic Editor: Jose G. Estrada-Franco

Copyright © 2014 Adisak Bhumiratana et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Over a past decade, an administrative decentralization model, adopted for local administration development in Thailand, is replacing the prior centralized (top-down) command system. The change offers challenges to local governmental agencies and other public health agencies at all the ministerial, regional, and provincial levels. A public health regulatory and legislative framework for dengue vector control by local governmental agencies is a national topic of interest because dengue control program has been integrated into healthcare services at the provincial level and also has been given priority in health plans of local governmental agencies. The enabling environments of local administrations are unique, so this critical review focuses on the authority of local governmental agencies responsible for disease prevention and control and on the functioning of local legislation with respect to dengue vector control and practices.