BANGKOK, 11 June 2009: Twenty-one employees of a discotheque in the entertainment city of Pattaya were infected with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, bringing the total number of reported cases in Thailand to 46.
Thai Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparada said they were found to have been infected after the authorities conducted tests following a report that two Taiwanese tourists got the infection during their visit to the city.
Four students from the Saint Gabriel College in Bangkok were also reported to have been infected, forcing the school to close for one week.
While most of the confirmed cases involved Thais who had returned from the United States, an 11-year-old who had not travelled overseas was also infected, together with his mother.
A British national who was on transit at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on his way to Cambodia was hospitalised after tests confirmed he had the H1N1 virus.
According to the World Health Organisation, 74 countries have officially reported 27,737 cases of H1N1, including 141 deaths. — Bernama