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H1N1 virus may be re-emerging: Thai ministry warns

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Entrance to the Emergency Room at Na Wa Public Hospital in Thailand

Entrance to the Emergency Room at Na Wa Public Hospital in Thailand. Photo: Mattes.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has warned of a widespread return of the 2009 flu virus after reports that two people in Lop Buri and Nonthaburi provinces died from the infection of the type-A (H1N1) virus last week, raising the death toll for this year to 57.

About 260 people have been hit with the flu-like symptoms in the last two weeks, lifting the number of infected cases this year to 8,442.

Recent cases have been reported in 20 provinces between August 15-28, including : Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Lop Buri, Sa Kaew, Sing Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Chon Buri, Ayutthaya, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Phayao, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Rai, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et,Si Sa Ket, Khon Kaen, Kalasin,Udon Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Pattani, and Songkhla.

“We found the number of infected cases from type-A (H1N1) influenza virus has been rising continuously in the northern and north-eastern regions,” Department of Disease Control’s director-general Dr Manit Teeratantikanont said.


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