Some news today about H1N1 (swine flu) in Thailand:
Reuters: “Thailand says two flu patients visited Mexico”
Two Thais who returned from Mexico have been confirmed with H1N1 flu but have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said on Tuesday.
Eight other Thais who were in contact with the two infected people were released after being quarantined for a week and show no signs of the virus, he said.
“We have found two confirmed cases of the flu, which was contracted abroad. They have recovered,” Witthaya told a news conference.
He gave no details of the two patients and did not say when or where they had travelled in Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak also known as swine flu.
Thailand on Tuesday confirmed its first two cases of Influenza 2009 in patients who had returned from Mexico.
The country becomes the 31st country that was hit by the virus so far.
Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said tests carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had confirmed the A(H1N1) virus in samples from the two Thai nationals.
“There are two confirmed cases of A(H1N1), both of them contracted from Mexico,” he said.
Bangkok Post: “PM confirms first swine flu case”
A laboratory test had confirmed that a Thai who returned from a trip overseas had swine flu, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday.
Mr Abhisit said the A(H1N1) virus was found in a sample taken from the patient.
“The patient has fully recovered and has returned home,” he said.
He did not name the country the patient visited, and refused to confirm if the patient had been treated at Chulalongkorn hospital.
(Previous post: “A conversation about H1N1 with a Bangkok taxi driver.”)