Phuket warns of new wave of A/H1N1 and other 6 diseases this winter

5 November 2009 – Pongsawat Rattanasang, Phuket Provincial Chief Medical Officer warns Phuket people to be aware of the return of Swine Flu A/H1N1 this winter.

Doctor said the new wave of A/H1N1 influenza in Thailand outbreak this October has already infected 57 people nationwide.

Thailand’s confirmed swine flu tally since April climbs to 414,945. The death toll is 4,999. However, there is no report of A/H1N1 case in Phuket yet.

“Take good care of your health. Wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay away from people who may be sick or large gatherings. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Don’t share belonging. Keep yourself healthy, get enough sleep, eat healthy food and exercise.” said Doctor.

“If you get sick, wear a surgical mask, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Do not share items such as eating utensils and drink bottles with others. Sick people with congenital disease should immediately see a doctor. Keeping up to date on the latest recommendations and news from Ministry of Public Health.” added Doctor.

Also, Doctor Pongsawat warns people of other 6 diseases that may come with winter i.e. pneumonia, seasonal flu, measles, German measles, chicken pox and diarrhea. He suggested people to keep yourself healthy with nutritious food and enough water and plenty of sleep. Avoid contact with those who sick. Keep yourself warm in cold weather. Avoid smoking, alcohol and drug.

“Parents who have children age lower than 6 should take good care of their body temperature. Keep them warm since they have low immunity to easily get cold and pneumonia. Pregnant women should stay away from a person with German measles during the first 3 month of pregnancy to avoid the birth of disabled children.” said Doctor Pongsawat.


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