Public Health Minister, Pinij Jarusombat, said on Sunday that a total of 46 Thai patients suspected of contracting the deadly avian influenza are under close medical supervision.
The minister visited two patients suspected of having the disease at a government-run hospital on Sunday afternoon. A total of 46 patients in 16 provinces nationwide suspected of having the disease have been kept under close medical supervision.
The new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus has prompted officials to conduct a large-scale culling of infected chickens.
Of the 46 patients, nine are from the northern province of Phichit, which has most number of patients suspected of having the disease, while eight are from nearby Nakhon Sawan Province and five in Bangkok's neighboring Nonthaburi Province. So far no victim of the deadly disease has been found in Bangkok.
Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has approved a budget to build 100 more patient rooms at hospitals nationwide for patients suspected of contracting the disease. Hospital in Provinces where the situation is severe such as Phichit, Uthai Thani, Kampaengphet and Nakhon Sawan, will have the most number of rooms to be built within the next three months.