Thousands Sick, Schools Closed as Flu Epidemic Hits Thailand

Influenza virus research laboratory

Disease Control and Prevention’s staff Influenza virus research in laboratory. Photo: James Gathany.

BANGKOK — If you’re reading this between tissues and sneezes, you’re not alone.

Thailand’s in the grips of a particularly virulent influenza season that has already afflicted nearly 5,000 people and forced some schools to close, an official from the Disease Control Department said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, 4,800 people were reported sick to the department with the Type A flu that is surging worldwide.

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By Teeranai Charuvastra

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