BANGKOK, Aug 26 (Bernama) -- Thai public health officials are monitoring the H5N1 bird flu virus in seven provinces bordering Cambodia following the rising number of death cases in the neighbouring country, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed patients
infected by the H5N1 virus have been reported in Egypt, Bangladesh,
China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Out of 24 patients in those countries, 17 including nine from Cambodia have died from the virus.
Public Health Minister Dr. Pradit Sintavanarong said the monsoon season
in Asian countries has enabled the virus to spread easily from animals
Although no death cases from the virus have been reported in Thailand
since 2006, Dr. Pradit said an outbreak is possible due to the
increasing number of cases in Cambodia.