BANGKOK, Oct. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Less than a week
after a 48-year-old man in the Thai central province of Kanchanaburi became the
13th person in Thailand to die from bird flu, local authorities reported Sunday
that another patient may be infected with the potentially deadly virus.
The patient was identified only as a villager who
lives in Phanom Tuan district where Bang-orn Benpad died of the disease last
Wednesday and where his son also contracted the H5N1 virus.
The dead man was said to have slaughtered and eaten a
sick birdin his home province, where avian flu outbreaks were reported lastweek.
Sayan Bhuranawanich, acting director of
Kanchanaburi's Phahon Phonpayuhasena Hospital, said the patient is under medical
supervision and is separated from other patients.
Local livestock officials culled more than 4,000
chickens in ten villages in the district after there were reports that more
chickens and ducks died, the Thai News Agency said.
Meanwhile, local health authorities in central
Nonthaburi province were on alert for fear that bird flu virus might spread
after a number of construction workers ate chickens which died suspiciously.
Pubic health officials and officials from the
Livestock Development Department jointly inspected the area of Bang Bua Thong
district following a report that many chickens died Saturday and that a number
of construction workers cooked and ate them.
The officials ordered all chickens in the area
destroyed and disinfectant was sprayed to prevent the possible spread of the
While initial tests on the workers and their families
were negative, they were asked to undergo further tests in the next five days.