- Thailand has been denying reports that mystery die off
of poultry is bird flu.
- The human suspected cases would seem to confirm the virus
- Patricia Doyle
- Thailand - 2 Children Are Suspected Avian
- By Kate Walker
- La Bugue, France (UPI) -- Thai health authorities have
announced 2 suspected cases of avian-influenza infection in a pair of sisters
hospitalized earlier this week, local media has reported. The sisters,
from the northern province of Phichit, were hospitalized after displaying
symptoms similar to those seen in bird flu sufferers, local health authorities
told the Thai media.
- Local test results from the 2 sisters, who are 3 and
4 years old, are expected to be returned by Thu 27 Jul 2006, before which
time no firm diagnosis can be made. Once the local test results have been
returned, however, they must be confirmed by an official World Health Organization
laboratory before an official statement regarding new human cases can be
- The girls were initially sent to Ta Pan Hin District
Hospital after developing flu-like symptoms, including respiratory difficulties
above those associated with seasonal influenza, shortly after a number
of local birds died of unknown causes. They were then moved to Phichit
Provincial Hospital for additional care, where they have been placed under
quarantine and their symptoms monitored for signs of deterioration.
- Also in Thailand, health authorities across the country
are preparing themselves for a possible resurgence in avian influenza infections
as a result of the imminent monsoon season.
- The health authorities have placed 3 provinces -- western
Suphan Buri and Kanchanaburi, and Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok -- on special
alert, as all have suffered outbreaks within the past 2 years. The northern
provinces of Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Phichit have also been
designated as worthy of special monitoring.
- It has been more than 6 months since Thailand saw a human
death from avian influenza, and prior to the current suspected infections
in Phichit, it was believed the Southeast Asian country's bird-flu surveillance
program was one of the most effective in the region.
- Thailand - 3 More Suspected Bird-Flu Cases
- The Nation
- 3 more people with suspected bird-flu have been reported
in Phichit, one of the provinces listed by the government as an avian-flu
"red zone." Two of the patients were men aged 59 and 86, and
the other was a boy aged 7. All 3 had reportedly been in contact with dead
chickens and were being treated in an isolation ward at Phichit Hospital.
Pending the results of laboratory tests for evidence of the bird-flu virus,
doctors said the 3 patients were not allowed visitors.
- Livestock officers in the province were stepping up disinfection
of sites where irregular poultry deaths were reported. Hundreds of such
deaths have recently been reported in the province.
- Meanwhile, deputy chief health officer for Chiang Mai,
Surasing Wisarutarat, warned the public not to cook dead chickens, no matter
how they died. "The group we're most concerned about is immigrant
workers," he said. "They are most likely to opt for dead chickens
and risk contracting bird flu."
- Despite numerous reports of irregular poultry deaths
in many areas, particularly the North and Central provinces, the Department
of Livestock Development insists that no avian flu has been detected so
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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