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Monday, August 26, 2013

Thailand : Border offices go on H5N1 virus alert

Via Bangkok Post :

Public Health Minister Pradit Sintawanarong has ordered public health offices in seven provinces along the Thai-Cambodian border to monitor the possible spread of the H5N1 virus.
The seven provinces are Trat, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.
Dr Pradit said it is possible the virus could spread to the border after reports of avian flu cases in Cambodia.
He said the H5N1 virus was most active during the rainy season and in cool and humid weather.
Dr Pradit said this virus was especially contagious as it could be passed from person to person, and he warned that children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. 
He said in severe cases, the virus can prove fatal, as victims can die from pneumonia and respiratory failure."

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