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30 April 2009 :: 09:04:36 am 38068

Asean Health Ministers Plan To Discussion Swine FLU Meaures

BANGKOK, April 29 - Thai Public Health Minister Wittaya Kaewparadai said on Wednesday Thailand would organise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) health ministerial meeting as soon as possible, to find ways to tackle the swine flu crisis as toll rises with up to 159 dead in Mexico.
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The public health ministry also invited tour operators to discuss, on Thursday, the possibility of helping authorities screen tourists while they were still in the air, so patients could be immediately sent to hospital upon landing.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dr. Yong Poovarawan, a virus specialist from the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, confirmed two lab tests carried out on a suspected swine flu patient by the faculty found no indication of the strain in the woman. According to the doctor, the woman was suffering from ordinary flu and was allowed to go home after the lab tests showed the same negative result.

The Public Health Ministry meanwhile was to send 5,000 sanitary masks to Thais living in Mexico, as masks there were in short supply. 105 Thais registered at the embassy in Mexico still had no plan to return to Thailand. The cabinet had nevertheless approved a budget of 120 million baht in case evacuation was necessary.

Public Health Deputy Minister Manit Nopamornbodhi said thermal scanners able to detect suspected swine flu in passengers arriving at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport were functioning well. The number of screening officials at the airport who spoke foreign languages would also be increased.

The global swine flu outbreak continues to spread further while a 23-month-old toddler died of swine flu in Texas, the first confirmed death in the US as well as the first outside Mexico.

The child was a Mexican who travelled to the United States for medical treatment, according to a spokeswomen for the Houston health department.

This is obviously a serious situation, serious enough to take the utmost precautions, said US President Barack Obama.

The US president urged schools with suspected cases to close. Meanwhile, California declared a state of emergency to tackle the outbreak while US President Barack Obama asked Congress for 1.5 billion US dollars to fight the fast-spreading disease.

In Europe, Germany confirmed three cases Wednesday and Austria confirmed one case. Also three more swine flu cases including a 12-year-old schoolgirl were reported in the UK. This brought the country’s total number of people known to be infected to five, while Spain said the number of confirmed cases had doubled to four.

Meanwhile, New Zealand confirmed more swine flu cases as the number of cases rose to 14. Australia tightened rules so authorities can detain people suspected of being infected.

In Egypt, authorities ordered the ‘immediate’ slaughter of all pigs in the country to avoid any outbreak of the deadly swine flu, according to Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali. (TNA, Agencies)




Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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