Govt Orders Close Surveillance for Mysterious Pneumonia


BANGKOK, Jan 8  – The Public Health Ministry implements a close surveillance program for a mysterious pneumonia from China at four main airports as the cabinet has ordered it to seriously watch out for a possible outbreak.


Deputy government spokesperson TrisuleeTrisoranakul said the movement responded to the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The Public Health Ministry and the Department of Disease Control told the cabinet that they intensified their surveillance operations that covered all channels of international transport. Air passengers from Wuhan were checked for fever and other symptoms of respiratory diseases, Miss Trisulee said.

“Flights from Wuhan land at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai and Phuket airports. So far officials have not found anyone infected with the viral pneumonia,” the deputy government spokesperson said.

Miss Trisulee advised people avoid crowded places, refrain from sharing personal tools with others, keep themselves warm and see a doctor immediately if they have a fever, sore throat or runny nose or cough. People can inquire about the disease at the hotline number 1422 of the Department of Disease Control. (TNA)