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04 May 2009 :: 00:05:13 am 38005

Doctors Prepare For Check-Up Of 14 Thais Returning From Mexico Sunday Night

BANGKOK, May 3 -- Senior officials of the Public Health Ministry held a meeting Sunday to discuss ways to provide comprehensive medical screening of 14 Thais returning from Mexico. The swine flu virus, now known as influenza A (H1N1) in Thailand, was first reported in Mexico.
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The 14 Thais comprise seven scholarship students and seven teachers and all are scheduled to arrive at Suvarnabhumi international airport at 11.20 p.m. Sunday. Relatives of the 14 will meet ministry officials at the airport about two hours before the plane lands. The 14 will be transported directly from the aircraft for immediate medical check-ups and further screening.

Any individual suspected of contracting the deadly virus will be held at a quarantine centre at a state-run hospital. Patients showing no signs or symptoms of infection will be discharged. For those wishing to stay at the hospital to make sure that they do not carry the virus, two relatives will be allowed to stay with them for up to one week.

Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai warned people against buying popular anti-influenza medicine Tamiflu without a proper medical prescription. The drug he said can cause side-effects such as nausea and hallucinations as well as possibly lower resistance to viral infection.

After chairing the meeting on influenza A (H1N1) the minister said that Thailand?s Ministry of Public Health has not prohibited Thai nationals from travelling to high risk areas where influenza A (H1N1) cases have been reported. However, he asked Thais to avoid travelling to those countries and to strictly follow advice from those destination countries if they really must go there.

Meanwhile, the laboratory test results of a suspected flu case of an 11-month-old boy are expected to be known Sunday evening. The child has just returned from New Zealand and lives in the northeastern province of Burirum. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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