Alert for H7N9 birdflu virus after deaths in China
The Public Health Department has set up nationwide surveillance for H7N9 bird-flu virus after three people in China were infected and two of them died.
The system includes a lab test for confirmation, Surveillance Rapid Response Teams (SRRTs) and a check at hospitals around the country for patients with symptoms similar to severe pneumonia and flu, Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong said Monday.
So far, no suspects have been found and there have been no reports of H5N1 bird-flu cases over the past five years. The Bureau of Epidemiology would also work with related agencies inside and outside the country on this alert.