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    Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand-Travel advisory now issued

    Big jump in number of cases in Thailand

    The Nation August 31, 2016 1:00 am

    THE number of detected Zika infections in Thailand has jumped significantly this year compared to recent years.

    Between 2012 and 2015, an average of just five people were recorded as infected with the Zika virus each year. But in the first six months of this year, at least 97 people in Thailand have been diagnosed with the disease. And over the past week, new infections have been detected in Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi, Phetchabun and Bung Kan provinces.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    More Zika outbreaks, more travel advisories
    Arvind Jayaram

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    Asia News Network September 2, 2016 1:03 pm

    SINGAPORE - Countries differ on the risk posed by various destinations. For South-east Asia, the United States has issued a Zika travel warning only for Singapore, but Britain says Thailand is high-risk and the Philippines and Indonesia are a moderate risk.
    Increasing outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have prompted a plethora of travel advisories for visits across Asia, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands.

    Countries differ on the risk posed by various destinations. For South-east Asia, the United States has issued a Zika travel warning only for Singapore, but Britain says Thailand is high-risk and the Philippines and Indonesia are a moderate risk. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warns that travel to Thailand and Indonesia is risky, but omits the Philippines.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    Zika virus in Thailand

    This country is considered to have current active ZIKV transmission. Increasing or widespread transmission has been reported. Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. Details of specific affected areas within this country are not available................http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/locations/thailand/#Other_risks
    (link from https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...hailand/health)

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    Thailand assures no spread of Zika virus in the country
    in General | September 7, 2016 12:13 pm

    Thailand yesterday assures international communities that the contagious Zika virus did not spread in the country, but concentrated only in certain areas where the disease could be contained with its efficient implementation of intensive measures against the virus.

    The assurance was given by the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Sek Wanna-methee yesterday following recent disclosure by the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) citing Thailand as a “red alert” country with increasing or widespread Zika virus transmission to the point of having the region’s highest number of patients within the last three months.

    The spokesman said Thai public health officials have detected Zika virus cases just small in numbers.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    I don't know the truth to this, but when I hear Thai authorities try to downplay something like this, I automatically get the feeling the situation is actually worse.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    I always get the feeling that the main concern at all times is maintaining tourist numbers-and hence revenue. To that end safety is always downplayed.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    A big contrast with the government of Singapore. This country is very open about the big number of Zika cases and the authorities tell it like it is.

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    With the symptoms of Zika so flu-like and with most healthy people getting over it by just treating the symptoms anyway, I'd bet dollars to durian there are a LOT more cases than the government knows about.

    Here're a few headlines from the past couple of weeks which lead me to believe things ain't exactly as they're sayin' they are..
    • Thailand assures no spread of Zika virus in the country
    • Thai Health Minister assures no outbreak of Zika infection
    • Thai Health Ministry assures Zika situation not as bad as deemed by EU
    • Zika infection in Thailand is not widespread

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    Re: Big jump in number of Zika cases in Thailand

    Thailand finds 21 new cases of Zika in Bangkok
    September 11, 2016 1:15 pm

    Twenty-one new cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in central Bangkok, including a pregnant woman who later gave birth with no complications, Thailand's public health ministry said on Sunday.

    Residents in the Thai capital were urged not to be alarmed after the cases were confirmed in the Sathorn area of the city, an up-market neighbourhood popular with the city‚™s expatriate community and part of the capital‚™s business district.

    "Of the 21 cases confirmed in the Sathorn area there was one pregnant woman who recovered and gave birth successfully," Ministry of Public Health spokesman Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told Reuters by telephone.

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