Avian flu alerts in 29 Thailand provinces
Thailand, the fourth largest poultry exporter in the world, now has
bird flu alerts in 29 provinces, according to the Minister of Agriculture and
Cooperatives, Sudarat Keyuraphan.
Authorities have also now confirmed that a 27-year-old man from Uthai Thani
province died from bird
flu infection last week. The latest victim reportedly had extensive contact
with dead poultry.
A 17 year-old boy died from the H5N1 virus around two weeks ago, while dozens
of patients with similar symptoms were declared in quarantine and submitted to
strict clinical observation.
The country had been free of human infections for seven months.
Provinces declared under 'high avian flu risk' include: Bangkok, Sing Buri,
Angthong, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi, Suphan Buri, Chai Nat, Pathum Thani, Lop Buri,
Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Phichit,
Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan and Chaiyaphum.
Thai authorities say they have stepped up the search for people with H5N1
infection. So far, no other cases have been identified. Surveillance for
infection in poultry and other farmed birds has also increased.
Thailand was one of the countries worst hit by avian flu in 2004 when the
virus seriously affected several Asian countries, including China and
Official sources have confirmed 24 human cases of avian influenza, 16 of
which were fatal. The Thai food industry has reported losses in the second
quarter of the present year due to a fall in prices and a drop in poultry sales
due to the scare generated by the disease.
and information on bird flu / avian influenza.
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