Department of Disease Control confirms only four Influenza - Associated Deaths this year.
According to the national disease surveillance system, during 1 January – 16 July 2017, there were 38,943 influenza patients with 4 deaths. The death of a hospital staff in North Central Province as appear in the latest news report was not classified as influenza death.
On July 16, 2017. Dr. Jedsada Chokdamrongsook, Director General of Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), said that according to the latest news report of the first patient had died from influenza in North Central of Thailand. DDC had contacted to the hospital to verify the medical report and assigned the Communicable Disease Control Unit (CDCU) to conduct the case investigation. The investigation revealed that the patient had been admitted to the hospital suffering from fever, headache, and muscular pain a day before admitted. Around 5 hours later, the patient had died suddenly after a high fever, severe seizure, and sudden cardiac arrest. The medical team had confirmed the patient was died from cardiac arrhythmia due to myocarditis viral infection. Lastly, the serum testing have shown negative result for both Ig M of Influenza A virus and Influenza B meaning that influenza was not the cause of acute myocarditis in this case. However, there are no specific blood tests to confirm the diagnosis of myocarditis.
Dr. Jedsada, also said this case can’t count to be Influenza death, there were only 4 influenza deaths this year and most of the death cases were pneumonia death, no any influenza-linked influenza were report in this year. And according to the CDCU investigation result, there were no evidence of avian influenza or zika virus disease. The patient didn’t contacted with live poultry, and there was no report of zika case in his residential area. The CDCU investigation had been shown, didn’t had an additional case after an incubation period of diseases.
DDC advise people to protect themselves well from infectious disease as usual by having enough sleep and regular exercise and follow measure, i.e. wash hands with soap and water often, avoid close contact with people with obviously unwell. Patient with high fever, intense headache and exhaustion should seek an urgent hospital care. For queries or additional information, please call DDC hotline 1422.
Reference: Bureau of Risk Communication and Behavior Development
Tel. (+66)02-590-3857 16 July 2017