Authorities Urge Travellers To Monitor for Bird Flu Symptoms

Thailand has reported no instances of bird flu in humans, according to the Department of Disease Control. However, authorities recommend that individuals returning from regions experiencing an H5N2 outbreak monitor themselves for symptoms.

Authorities are advising travelers entering Thailand from these areas to be alert for unusual respiratory symptoms within the first 14 days and to seek immediate medical advice if symptoms appear.

Dr. Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, the chief of disease control, confirmed that there have been no cases of bird flu in humans in Thailand since 2006.

Furthermore, departments such as the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and the Department of Livestock are diligently monitoring any potential outbreaks among animals, Dr. Thongchai stated.

He also mentioned that urgent measures are in place to respond if an outbreak occurs, with the Department of Medical Sciences and the Department of Livestock equipped with laboratories to test for the H5N2 strain.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the first human fatality from Avian Influenza A (H5N2).

The WHO reported that a 59-year-old man from Mexico died on April 24 after exhibiting symptoms such as respiratory difficulties, diarrhea, vomiting, and flu-like signs.

It was further noted that the man, who suffered from chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension, had no direct contact with poultry.

An investigation discovered that a bird flu outbreak had taken place in his area in March, identifying him as the first person worldwide to contract the H5N2 strain.

Despite this incident, the WHO has stated that the public risk from this virus remains low.