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09 July 2009 :: 00:07:51 am 36103

Thailand Confirms Two More H1N1 Deaths; National Tally Now 11

BANGKOK, July 8 - Thailand's Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported two more deaths due to influenza A(H1N1), raising the viral death toll to 11, while eight patients remain in critical condition.
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Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbhodi revealed that 290 new H1N1 patients were diagnosed on Wednesday, raising the country’s cumulative total to 2,714 cases, but the vast majority, 2,593 persons, have fully recovered.

Mr. Manit said 110 patients remain in hospitals, but eight remain under close surveillance in critical condition.

Director-General Dr. Rewat Visarutvej of the Department of Medical Services said that the Ministry of Health confirmed two new deaths from H1N1 on Wednesday.

One victm, 21-year-old Bangkok woman, died Monday before medical authorities had identified her as having H1N1. Post mortem laboratory tests showed she had contracted the virus and had complications from thyroid toxicosis.

Dr. Rawat added that another case was a 19-year-old Phattalung student who died last Friday with pneumonia complications.

He expressed concerned that eight patients who contracted the H1N1 virus are still in critical condition, including a 7-year-old boy whose brain has been infected the new virus strain .

Dr. Rawat said that the public and health officials across the country can report to H1N1 experts by dialing 1330, while hotline calls are open around the clock, particularly for H1N1 consultations.

Meanwhile, Chumphon governor Karan Suppakitvilakakarn on Wednesday close schools, tutorial centres, and Internet game shops across the province in an attempt to control the spread of the virus, after 10 H1N1 cases were found.

The governor said that the closures are in effect until Sunday as sanitizing will be carried out before schools reopen on Monday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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