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41 infected with Swine Flu A (H1N1) in Nakhon Ratchasima

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.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 20 June 2012 (NNT) – A Nakhon Ratchasima-based hospital has reported 41 suspected cases of 2009 A H1N1 influenza, with 5 of them being hospital workers. Measures such as isolation and quarantine have been introduced to curb the outbreak of the virus.

Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri said the ministry has dispatched mobile inspection units to closely monitor an outbreak of the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital. A total of 41 patients have been quarantined and given the antiviral drug Tamiflu. The minister insisted that precautions have been taken to prevent further spread of the H1N1 swine flu.

He elaborated that preliminary test results have shown that these patients have been afflicted with H1N1 virus strain responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic. The disease, he said, is now treatable with vaccines. So far, 70,000 residents have been vaccinated. Affected locals can receive vaccine shots at their nearest health facilities.

Since the beginning of this year, over 12,000 cases of swine flu have been reported nationwide.

National News Bureau Of Thailand