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Thailand on alert after Japan's confirmed domestic AH1N1 flu infection

2009-05-18 09:22:24 GMT2009-05-18 17:22:24 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BANGKOK, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Public Health Ministry Monday said the country will focus more on air travelers, who pass Japan prior to arriving in Thailand before Japan on Saturday confirmed the first eight cases of domestic infection of the AH1N1flu on students of a Kobe high school.

Japan's domestic infection has alerted Thailand to be more careful to curb the AH1N1 flu outbreak since there are many air travelers pass Japan prior to arriving at Thailand, Dr. Suphan Srithamma, a spokesman for the Thai health ministry said on Monday.

Hence, any tourist arrivals of Thailand with passing Japan's airports will be closely monitored by Thai medical staff everywhere they will be in Thailand, said the spokesman.

The spokesman's statement was made after he attended a meeting of the Ministry's center responding to the health crisis on Monday morning.

Since May 12, the Public Health Ministry said the country has had its first two A/H1N1 flu cases, however, the two patients have already recovered and will not spread the deadly flu disease to others. The two persons had returned from Mexico.

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand with having had the confirmed A/H1N1 flu patients ranked 33rd as the country, which has been hit by the deadly new virus.

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