BANGKOK, Jan. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Another bird flu outbreak in Thailand
remains high after new human infections were confirmed inthe neighboring Vietnam
and Cambodia, the Public Health Ministry has warned.
Health authorities would stay on alert since the disease might be
rekindled in Thailand, spokesman Nittaya Chanruang Mahabhol wasquoted by Bangkok
Post newspaper as saying on Friday.
Nittaya said health and livestock authorities would conduct stringent
surveillance measures to guard against the reoccurrence of the epidemic, which
killed 12 people in the kingdom last year.
No humans in Thailand are reported to have been infected since last
Antiviral medicines and medical supplies are stockpiled for immediate
treatment until February in case human infection reoccurs, said Nittaya.
Supamit Chunsuthiwat, of the Epidemiology Bureau, said health officials
would propose a policy to bring bird flu under control within three years.
A plan for vaccine development for poultry and humans would be undertaken
after the implementation of the policy, he said. Enditem