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BANGKOK, May 30 (TNA) — A 52-year-old Thai woman who returned earlier this week from the US and Canada has been found to have contracted the potentially-lethal influenza A (H1N1) virus, according to Dr. Praj Boonyawongvirot, Permanent Secretary for Public Health.
Dr. Praj said the victim went to the U.S. and Canada with her son and eight other persons on May 13. They boarded a luxury cruise liner in Alaska and spent eight nights on the ship.
The party returned to Bangkok on Tuesday, he said. The woman suffered a fever and sore throat the next day and went to see a doctor at a Bangkok hospital and was found to have contracted the disease.
The woman, the third victim of influenza A virus in Thailand following the outbreak of the disease in Mexico, is now recovering after doctors gave her antiviral drug Tamiflu, Dr. Praj said.
Meanwhile, Bangkok deputy governor Dr. Malinee Sukvejvorakij said her office, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, had cooperated with the Ministry of Public Health caring for the woman from the beginning when she was sent to hospital for treatment.
The patient has now been went to her home upcountry, Dr. Malinee said. (TNA)