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07 July 2009 :: 15:07:28 pm 36113

Public Health Ministry Confirms Two More H1N1 Deaths

BANGKOK, July 7 Thailand is edging toward double-digit H1N1 flu fatalities as the Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported two more deaths, bringing the country's death toll to nine.
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A 58-year-old man is the country’s eighth H1N1 victim. He died of kidney failure and pneumonia on July 5 and lab tests have just confirmed that he was infected with the new virus strain, according to Dr. Rewat Wisarutwej, director-general of the Medical Service Department.

The ninth death related to the new flu was an eight -old-year girl with leukemia, according to Deputy Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodi.

The public health ministry reported 156 Influenza type A (H1N1) diagnoses Tuesday, raising the country’s total number of H1N1 cases to 2,428. Forty patients remain hospitalised at the moment.

Two cases of the new flu have been under close medical surveillance as their condition is worrying.

The first case is a 20-year-old woman who is three-months pregnant. She has thalassemia and has been placed in a special quarantine unit.

The other case is a seven-year-old, who was admitted to hospital with convulsions and the virus has spread to his brain. (TNA)


Internet cafes to sanitise computers, furnishings to prevent flu

BANGKOK, July 6 )  Thailand’s Ministry of Culture has instructed internet cafes to disinfect their equipment and furnishings to prevent the possible spread of the H1N1 flu among teenagers.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Veera Rojpojanarat on Monday inspected computer game shops in the Huaykwang and Kaset areas of Bangkok after being advised of the need by the Ministry of Public Health.

Computer game shops are under responsibility of the ministry of culture.

Mr. Veera instructed internet and computer game shops to cleanse any equipment that could facilitate the spread of the virus, such as keyboards and accessories. Owners and operators were also instructed to ventilate their shops and not let air-conditioning collect stale air.

Internet users with obvious symptoms of flu will be asked to leave, for the benefit of the public.

If shop owners don’t cooperate in preventive measures, their action may affect the processes to renew their licenses when they expire, Mr. Veera said.

Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nop-amornbodi said most flu patients being treated are teenagers, and many said they had become ill with flu-like symptoms after playing computer games at internet shops.

The public health ministry cooperated with the culture ministry to work with internet shops on disinfecting equipment to prevent the further spread of the virus. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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