An army conscript in Chiang Mai died of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, not avian flu, according to laboratory results.
The Chiang Mai public health office’s deputy chief Surasing Wisarutrat said a preliminary investigation found that the army conscript had developed flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, leading to respiratory failure. The laboratory results show he was infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, which was prevalent five years ago.
“He did not die of avian flu, as reported in the news,” Surasing said.
Local health agencies also found that another man who stayed in the same building became infected with the same flu virus.
In the past year, four people have been infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. No previous deaths were reported. People who develop flu symptoms are advised to seek medical advice immediately.