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Thai Health Ministry: German tourist died of pseudomonas aeruginosa

2009-05-26 07:59:12 GMT2009-05-26 15:59:12 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BANGKOK, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A 65-year-old German tourist, who died on May 18 in Thailand, was infected with pseudomonas aeruginosa, based on laboratory tests, Dr. Paijit Warajit, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health at the Public Health Ministry told a press conference Tuesday.

After the death, her samples were sent to three different places for laboratory tests at the Thai Public Health Ministry, Central Institute of Forensic Science, and Siriraj Hospital, said Dr. Paijit.

According to the outcome of the three laboratory tests, it was discovered the lung of the German tourist, identified as Mrs. Barbel Wilhelmine, was severely infected with the pseudomonas aeruginosa, said Dr. Paijit.

The German woman with her husband and a child arrived at Thailand on May 12 and had stayed in a beach resort town of Hua Hin,in a central province of Prachuab Khirikhan, said Dr Paijit.

On May 18, she had sore throat, but had neither fever nor coughed, and was admitted in San Paolo Hua Hin Hospital, said Dr. Paijit.

She had chest pains and breathing difficulties, while doctors discovered that her lung got infection. The hospital then referred her case to Bamrungraj Hospital in Bangkok.

However, as she was on the way to Bangkok, she stopped breathing and was sent to a hospital in Samut Sakhon province and died there at around 21.00 p.m. local time.

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.

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