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Concerns over diphtheria outbreak in Northern Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 16 September 2012 (NNT) – Dr. Attapol Cheepsattayakorn, deputy director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control, in Chiang Mai, stated that following an outbreak of diphtheria in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in May this year, there arose two suspected cases of the disease in Loei and Petchabun provinces in Thailand two months later. In the upper northern region, there are two suspected cases of diphtheria in Chiang Rai province. Both patients are not of Thai nationality.

To prevent the spread of diphtheria in the northern region, which stands next to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Chiang Mai Office of Disease Prevention and Control has issued warnings to citizens to watch out for the infectious disease, which causes acute illness in the respiratory system, including inflammation and pseudomembrane in the throat. In its severest form, it can cause constriction of the airways, which may lead to death.

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