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Pattaya Daily News

18 June 2009 :: 12:06:49 pm 36554

H1N1 Patient Tally 518; More Defences Mounted as Some Schools Reopen

BANGKOK, June 18 Thailand's overall influenza A (H1N1) patient count reached 518 on Thursday with 113 additional patients were diagnosed, even as several Bangkok schools resumed classes after being closed earlier this week to prevent the potential spread of the new virus strain among students.
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The Bureau of Epidemiology revealed that of the 518 patients, more than half live in metropolitan Bangkok.

The total number of student infections reached 79 in 28 educational institutions which have closed, according to Dr. Chinnapat Bhumirat, Permanent Secretary for Education, said in his capacity of head of the Ministry of Education working committee to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration operates 435 schools, and the capital and its suburban areas include numerous private schools and universities, tutoring centres, computer and language schools not included in this number.

Dr. Chinnapat said that several schools in Bangkok reopened on Thursday, including Suankularb Wittayalai, where two students tested positive to the new virus. The ministry ordered schools under its authority to implement preventive measures as agreed at the ministry meeting.

Among its measures, the education ministry is aimed at close surveillance and screening under the guideline of the public health ministry rather than closing school, which can affect schooling and students.

However, if the spread of the H1N1 virus increases widely enough to reach 10 per cent of the student population, additional school closures will be needed to contain the virus, he added.

He also advised parents to let their children stay at home immediately when they fall ill with flu-symptoms which can be cured in one week.

However, the primary school of Bangkok?s Assumption College on Thursday became the 28th school to close and will resume classes Tuesday (June 23). (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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