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Soldier dies from H1N1

An Army conscript in Chiang Mai has allegedly died of seasonal flu, according to hospital reports. However, it is reported that he was also beaten up after returning to the barracks late from a seven-day leave.

Army Private Somchai Sri-uangdoi had told his mother, Saisuda, that he was battered for two days last week before he sought treatment. Somchai said he was exhausted after taking part in a parade at Camp Kawila two days later.

Saisuda said she later learned that he had been admitted to Thep Panya hospital on Tuesday and that he was pronounced dead the next day of seasonal flu. Senior doctors said Somchai was already on life-support when admitted and tests showed that he had the H1N1 virus. The Public Health Ministry is checking to see if the virus is an old strain or the new one, which is potentially fatal if not treated properly.Battalion commander Lt-Colonel Yutthaphong Kalanthasuwan said Somchai showed signs of illness and was told to seek treatment at the barracks hospital before being transferred to Thep Panya hospital. He said there were 11 flu patients in the barracks, seven of whom were safe and two others remained hospitalised. He made no reference to the alleged beating up.


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