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Pneumonia claims at least 521 lives in Thailand so far this year

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Hospital room in Thailand. Photo: Mattes / Wikimedia Commons.

BANGKOK, 11 August 2014 (NNT) – Over 100,000 cases of pneumonia have been reported in Thailand this year as more respiratory diseases associated with rainy season are being detected.

The Public Health Ministry said the monsoon season increases the exposure to various bacterial and viral infections, causing more people to become vulnerable to diseases and fall ill. Pneumonia is the leading killer of all contagious diseases during this period, where at least 521 people have died this year from January 1st to July 21st, 2014.

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National News Bureau of Thailand

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