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85 confirmed chikungunya cases in Phuket

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PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) has set up a “war room” to halt the spread of the viral disease chikungunya, which now has 85 confirmed cases in Phuket alone.

The war room, which will host regular meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is also tasked with monitoring flu patients to see if there are any cases of infection with the Type A(H1N1) virus that causes swine flu.

The PPHO has 85 reported chikungunya patients being treated in Phuket hospitals, 82 Thais and three Burmese.

Areas with reported cases include tambons Srisoonthorn and Cherng Talay in Thalang district, Kamala and Kathu town in Kathu district, and Rawai and Phuket City in Muang district.

PPHO officials expect the actual number of cases to be more than 1,000, as most sufferers do not seek hospital treatment but rather go to clinics or treat themselves.

An officer with the PPHO’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) told the Gazette chikunguya can spread very fast under the right conditions, especially in rubber plantation areas infested with the Aedes mosquito that spreads the disease from one victim to the next.

Unlike many other viral diseases, chikungunya symptoms appear almost immediately after exposure.

Symptoms include an initial period of fever typically lasting four days, followed by a much longer period of aching pain, especially in joints.

Authorities suggest limiting expose to mosquitoes by pouring out water containers in which Aedes larva can grow, using mosquito repellents and keeping the skin covered when outdoors.

The PPHO is asking for cooperation from local pharmacies in reporting cases of possible chikungunya infection among customers.

PPHO Director Dr Pongsawas Ratanasang told the Gazette his office will launch its latest “war on mosquitoes” with a campaign set to begin on May 27.

Nationally, the chikungunya epidemic has now spread to Isarn, with 13 patients detected in Srisaket, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen, Disease Control Office 7 chief Dr Sarayuth Uttamangkhapong said yesterday.

The disease was likely spread there by soldiers and rubber tappers from those regions working in the Deep South who then returned home.

In a related development, since the installation of thermal scanners at Phuket International Airport more than 50,000 passengers have passed through the high-tech device.

Thus far there has only been one suspected case of swine flu, which turned out to be a case of normal influenza.

— Khunakorn Terdkiatkhachorn



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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