Via the Bangkok Post: DDC denies soldier dead from bird flu. Excerpt:
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has dismissed a report claiming that a soldier in Chiang Mai died from bird flu.
Private Somchai Iandoi, 22, developed flu-like symptoms last week and was admitted to Theppanya Hospital in Muang Chiang Mai district. He was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
Sopon Mekthon, the DDC's director-general, yesterday said lab tests of Somchai found he tested positive for influenza A or H1N1 the virus that was the most common cause of human seasonal flu in 2009.
An x-ray also showed that Somchai had pneumonia.
Paisarn Thanyawinitkul, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office director, also confirmed with the Bangkok Post that the local media report that the soldier contracted the bird flu virus was false.
Public health officials from Kawila Hospital had been dispatched to Kawila military camp in Mae Wang district where the private was based to collect his belongings for further tests. Soldiers who slept next to him had also been put under quarantine.
The DDC says the last bird-flu case found in Thailand was in 2006.
Twenty five bird flu cases were reported from 2004-2006 with 17 deaths. About 68% of cases were found in 2004.