Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Report Out Of Thailand


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There is nothing confirmed here, but this story has appeared in at least 2 major newspapers (Thaindian News, The Nation) overnight.  Reports state that either 4 or 5 people are in isolation with `bird flu-like symptoms' in Phichit.



It should also be noted that just a few days ago Phichit Medical authorities reported the heaviest Dengue outbreak in six years, and the Governor has declared 12 districts a disaster area.


Thailand has not reported a confirmed human infection from the H5N1 virus since the summer of 2006.



A Hat tip to Treyfish on Flutrackers for this story, and Carol@SC of the Wiki for the Dengue update.



Whether H5N1, or Dengue, or something else entirely - we probably won't know what these 5 people are suffering from before the end of the week.



Local authorities appear to be taking this seriously, so this is certainly something to watch.





5 in birdflu scare

By The Nation
Published on July 30, 2008


Five people admitted to Sam Ngam Hospital in Phichit with bird flulike symptoms have all had mysterious deaths of poultry near their homes.


Provincial health chief Prajak Wattanakul and a disease conrol team went to the hospital yesterday afternoon to visit the five, who were kept in isolation.


   They were Krisada Thiangyu, six, Nadda Thiangyu, 10, and Taptim Phromsri, 62, from Tambon Noen Por; Wanna Tolamlam, 70, from Tambon Nong Son, and an unnamed fiveyearold boy.


   The five reportedly touched dead fowl with their bare hands and a few days later developed fevers, coughing, exhaustion and breathing problems. Lab tests on blood samples should yield results in one or two days.


   Officials were dispatched to watch out for the disease.