H1N1 spreads in Thailand

H1N1 infections in Thailand have increased markedly over the past few days. Confirmed cases are now at 310, up from just 16 last week.

Here are three recent stories:

  • Nation: “Confirmed Type-A (H1N1) flu cases rise to 310

    The confirmed case of Type-A (H1N1) influenza cases in Thailand has risen to 310, Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodi announced Tuesday.

    He said the Public Health Ministry will Tuesday hold a meeting of doctors nationwide to make preparations to cope with the more outbreaks.

    Despite the increase of the cases, Manit pleaded the public not to panic.

  • Bangkok Post: “109 new flu cases

    The number of A(H1N1) influenza cases in Thailand had risen to 310 after 109 new cases were reported on Tuesday, Public Health permanent secretary Prat Boonyavongvirot said.

    Dr Prat said the Ministry of Public Health will now hold a press conference on the H1N1 outbreak everday at around 11am to prevent any misleading information.

    He said the number of H1N1 flu cases would likely increase, but it was not unusual since other countries also encountered the same problem.

  • And earlier today, there was this story in the Bangkok Post: “Officials muzzled on H1N1

    The Public Health Ministry is asking provincial health and hospital chiefs not to speak to the media about influenza A (H1N1) cases in an effort to calm disquiet over the extent of the spread of the virus.

    Ministry spokesman Suphan Sithamma said a letter was being sent to senior health figures warning them not to say anything about the number of flu cases and details about the patients. All information was to be filtered through health authorities in Bangkok.

    The ministry’s hush-hush order came as the number of flu cases passed the 200 mark and experts expected it to rise further.

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