2009 influenza H1N1 under control in Thailand’s northeast

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, June 21 – The 2009 influenza H1N1 situation is now under control and no more patients have been found affected with the virus, according to Nakhon Ratchasima Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital deputy director Dr Norachart Ratanachata.

Forty-one people were confirmed Wednesday as being infected with 2009 influenza H1N1 in this northeastern province. Most of them have improved conditions, he said

The patients were given Tamiflu, a drug for the treatment of flu infections including bird flu, and have been under quarantine for 14 days.

About one-third of the hospital’s staff (out of 350) have already received an injection for flu prevention. Anybody with a temperature higher than 38 degrees will be sent for a thorough and immediate medical checkup.

Meanwhile, Dr Lalitya Kongkam, deputy director of Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, said the 41 patients at the other hospital have responded well to the Tamiflu treatment.

However, one patient was sent to her hospital on Wednesday, for the patient suffered from alcoholism and was also infected with H1N1 influenza, causing blood in his abdomen. She affirmed the blood symptom did not result from the influenza.