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As Floods Recede, Disease Breaks Out in South Asia

“Illness – mostly from respiratory problems – has struck more than 20,000 residents in flooded provinces in the South. They are seeking or receiving treatment at government clinics, hospitals, or from mobile medical units, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said yesterday.

Mobile medical units had made 667 visits to 18,378 patients seeking treatment for respiratory problems (60 per cent), foot rashes and diseases (23 per cent), and skin rashes (5 per cent).

Sixty-nine patients needed psychiatric counselling, with seven suffering deep depression due to relatives killed in the flooding and to property damage and losses.

Quoting the latest update yesterday by the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand, Jurin said 45 people had been killed in the flooding in the South- 19 in the hardest-hit Nakhon Si Thammarat, 10 in Surat Thani, nine in Krabi, three in Phatthalung, two each in Trang and Chumphon.”  Read more.



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