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10 July 2009 :: 17:07:23 pm 35984

Thailand Confirms 146 New A(H1N1) Virus Cases

BANGKOK, July 10 The Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 146 new cases of A(H1N1) influenza, while senior health authorities announced measures to fight the continuing spread of the virus.
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Currently, 146 new confirmed cases brought the country’s total number of A(H1N1) cases to 3,071 with 13 patients currently in critical condition. The number of swine flu-related fatalities stood at 14.

Accompanied by Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Prat Boonyawongviroj, Minister of Public Health Witthaya Kaewparadai met directors of state hospitals and chiefs of provincial public health offices around the country to instruct them on implementing preventative measures against the H1N1 flu in line with the ministry?s strategies.

Mr. Witthaya ordered hospitals and private institutions to open a fast track service to rapidly facilitate patients suspected of having contracted the new virus strain.

The minister also advised district hospitals to set up a network to systematically transfer patients to provincial hospitals.

According to Dr. Prat, four deputy permanent secretaries for public health were assigned to closely monitor and assess the result of preventive measures in four regions of the country.

In addition, all chiefs of provincial public health offices were appointed Mr. A(H1N1) to assist the deputy secretaries, Dr. Prat said.

Mr. Witthaya said that persons living in poorly-ventilated areas are more likely to contract the A(H1N1) virus.

He also advised that persons having congenital diseases are high risk groups for critical reactions if they are infected by influenza A (H1N1). (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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