This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

Thailand’s first monkey pox related death reported

Thailand has reported its first monkey pox related fatality, in a man who was also infected with HIV and syphilis, according to Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Disease Control…

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This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

Three new monkeypox cases found in Thailand

Three new monkeypox cases were found in Thailand between March 13th and 23rd, bringing the number of cases to 18 since last year. According to Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of…

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Arrivals in Thailand from countries hit by Marburg virus to be screened

The Disease Control Department has instructed international disease control checkpoints at all ports of entry to screen all arrivals from countries currently reported to be affected by Marburg Virus Disease…

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Warning of serious lung infection caused by smoking e-cigarettes

Thai people are warned about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and are being advised not to fall prey to false advertising claiming that they are safe. Dr. Kajohnsak Kaewjarus,…

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A guide to Thailand’s COVID vaccination drive among babies and young kids

The youngest possible segment of the Thai population – aged from six months up to five years old – will soon be able to get COVID-19 jabs as the government…

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Spread of dengue fever warned in Thailand

The Disease Control Department is advising members of the public to be extraordinarily aware of Dengue Fever, amidst widespread COVID-19 infections, noting that the death toll from the disease is…

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Thailand’s first Omicron case in hospital for observation, no symptoms yet

The asymptomatic American businessman, who was confirmed as Thailand’s first case of a COVID-19 Omicron variant infection on his arrival from Spain, is currently under observation in hospital, said Dr….

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No COVID-19 South African C.1.2 variant in Thailand…yet

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has not yet found a single case of the South African C.1.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country. Director of the Emergency Health Hazard and Disease…

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Corruption watchdog asked to investigate Pfizer vaccinations at Bhumibol Hospital

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is being urged to investigate allegedly suspicious inoculations at Bhumibol Hospital, using US-donated Pfizer vaccine intended for medics. Well-known activist Srisuwan Janya, from the Thai…

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Photo: Disease Control Department

Volunteer ‘Super Riders’ take medical supplies to Bangkok’s COVID patients in home isolation

An all-volunteer unit of 60 motorcyclists, known as the “Super Riders”, has been formed by Thailand’s Disease Control Department to distribute medical supplies, such as thermometers, fingertip pulse oximeters, Fah…

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Higher, faster, deadlier: Third wave of COVID triggers growing fear in Thailand    

A grim warning has been issued by a leading medical expert as Thailand grapples with its third and worst wave of COVID-19: expect a double-digit death toll to become regular…

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When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the contagious virus. In fact, even simple cold…

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Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department

Thai government to procure two million Favipiravir anti-viral tablets

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has recently entered into contract negotiations to procure one million tablets of Favipiravir, and anti-viral drug used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and is…

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A health worker administers the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, to a man from an at-risk group at a makeshift clinic in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s sluggish vaccine rollout no match for super-contagious COVID strain     

Thailand is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination drive following an unprecedented surge in infections since April 5, with Thursday (April 15) bringing a record 24-hour high of 1,535 new cases….

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Targeted controls to be introduced as daily new COVID-19 infections pass 1,000

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to develop tighter controls, including targeted lockdowns, in provinces classified as Red zones, as daily COVID-19 infections surge to a new high…

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Sophon Iamsirsithavorn, DCD deputy director-general

DCD says COVID-19 infection rise will ease in a month if prevention is strictly enforced

New COVID infections are expected to fall to an average around 440 cases per day a month from now, but only if all the preventive measures, introduced by the Disease…

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vaccine passport
(Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which could exempt inoculated tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, might help…

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A nurse fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, on January 21, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A guide to Thailand’s largest ever vaccination programme

Prioritising both safety and speed as it faces a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand is poised to launch its largest ever inoculation programme when the first batch of AstraZeneca…

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This photo illustration shows the Thai ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone in Bangkok on January 7, 2021, after Thai health officials encouraged people to use the tracking app to help curb the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Row over contact-tracing app threatens to blow hole in Thailand’s COVID defence

Thailand’s much-touted contact-tracing app, MorChana, risks losing its “national hero” status as questions emerge about its efficacy and transparency. Last Friday (Jan 15), the MorChana Volunteer Team abruptly announced the…

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Thais returning from high-risk areas to face legal action if they don’t self-quarantine

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has issued a stern warning, to all Thais returning from high-risk areas, that failure to observe the 14-day self-quarantine requirement will result in legal action…

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