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So far this year swine flu, or H1N1 has claimed the lives of 24 patients, mainly in Northern Thailand according to Dr. Chaiyuth Saksornchai, a swine flu expert and the director of Trang Hospital. According to his report the highest mortality rates were in patients between45 and 64 years of age.
This year fifty cases of H1N1 have been reported in Trang province.
Those who have been diagnosed with the virus are advised to try to stay away from other people and as much as possible keep their mouths and noses covered with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
IN the mean time the threat of MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has sparked concern in Thailand despite there being no recorded cases of the disease. The Public Health Ministry has assigned the Disease Control Department to keep a close eye out for any possible cases to ensure that it does not spread.
Dr. Narong Sahametapat, the ministry’s permanent secretary has advised anybody who has recent visited the Middle East who develop a cough, fever or sore throat to immediately seek medical attention.
According to World Health Organisation, since the emergence of MERS in April 2012, a total of 253 laboratory-confirmed cases of human MERS infections have been confirmed, including 93 deaths.
The cases have been in Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom, Tunisia and in Malaysia and the Philippines.
Assoc Prof Dr Arunee Thitithanyanont, a medical specialist, said the mortality rate was between 30 and 50 per cent.