Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thailand Public Health Ministry concerned over possible bird flu and swine flu outbreaks.

Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nop-amornbodi has expressed his concerns over the second-phase outbreak of the influenza A (H1N1) and the return of avian influenza (H5N1) during this period.

Mr Manit stated that although there was no swine flu fatality according to the latest report of the Ministry of Public Health last Tuesday, the ministry still encouraged people to prevent themselves from being infected by the disease continuously.

People with flu-like symptoms are suggested to stay home until they fully recover. The deputy minister also warned that climate change and a semester break might cause the new virus to spread in the country again.

Regarding a new outbreak of bird flu, Mr Manit said the ministry had assigned provincial public health offices nationwide to monitor the situation closely and provide treatments for patients in time.

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The total number of deaths from the A(H1N1) flu stands at 165. The ministry will not give a weekly report on deaths, but will instead report the situation with the disease on its website on a weekly basis.

He attributed the drop in the number of deaths to the work of village health volunteers, saying they have been able to effectively introduce protective measures against the flu.

However, this was not confirmation that the flu threat will totally disappear, he said. Implementation of preventive measures against the flu will continue.