5 More Suspected Human
Bird Flu Cases In Thailand
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Thailand has been denying reports that mystery die off of poultry is bird flu.
The human suspected cases would seem to confirm the virus in poultry.
Patricia Doyle
Thailand - 2 Children Are Suspected Avian Influenza Cases
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 made.
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.
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Thailand - 3 More Suspected Bird-Flu Cases In Phichit
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 far.
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
Univ of West Indies
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