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Message from the deputy mayor of Pattaya city, Thailand

Message from the deputy mayor of Pattaya city, Thailand ( Two days ago there was a report about two Taiwanese tourists found to have been affected with Influenza AH1N1 while traveling to the Eastern Resort In
Pattaya city, Chonburi. This report, however caused the city to worry about the
impact to the tourism sector in Pattaya due to the restrictions of Taiwanese
travels into the city.

The team of epidemiologists of the Public Health Ministry and the public health and environment of Pattaya city, along with authorities and hospitals, has taken a steady action in Pattaya and nearby areas by investigating the places where these Taiwanese were spotted or were found to have spent their time. A number of random tests have been conducted along with random tests of people in Pattaya.

As of June 12, in Pattaya city itself, 21 people were confirmed to have tested positive for Influenza A H1N1. The Disease Control Department director-general Somchai Chakrabhandu said the patients were staff at an entertainment place where orders have been given to shut down the place until fully cleaned up to the standards of international hygiene. Hence, local authorities in Pattaya are stepping up measures to contain the spread of the virus and ensure the town is clear of Influenza A H1N1 within a week.

Pattaya city Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome said more than 80 health volunteers have been dispatched to closely monitor the health of the immediate families of the infected patients. A surveillance center has been set up in Bang Lamung Hospital, and 420,000 anti-viral tablets were distributed to medical facilities – two tamiflu tablets to be taken by the infected staff and one each for the non-infected people. Full controls are being taken to make sure that the disease will not be spread to the nearby area, which involved various parties in the city, as well as from the national sectors in engaging the big cleaning at public places in the city.

The country is doing all it can to ensure safety while also utilizing prevention methods. The city will continue to do their best and welcome everyone back to the beauty of the sea, sand, and sun.

Anuj Singhal Information Officer Tourism Authority of Thailand B - 9/1 (A), Ground Floor Vasant Vihar, New Delhi - 110057 Phone No: 91-11- 4674 1111, 41663567/68/69 Fax No: 41663570 Web:

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