Five suspected SARS cases in Thailand, all from outside

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26 March 2003

BANGKOK - The World Health Organisation said yesterday five people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were being treated at various hospitals in Thailand, but that all cases had become infected outside the country.

The Public Health Ministry reported yesterday that the five were only suspected cases, but Somsong Rakphao director-general of the Medical Sciences Department said tests carried out on specimens sent to US Communicable Diseases Control had confirmed the presence of paramyxovirus, the virus suspected of causing SARS.

All five patients are reported to be under quarantine at different hospitals in Bangkok, and are being treated according to WHO guidelines said Suphamit Chunhasuthiwat, secretary-general of the special committee set up to research SARS.

WHO researcher Dr. Urbani Carlo, the first reported case in Thailand who was transferred from Hanoi on March 11, remains in stable condition, but doctors said he had not responded well to treatment.

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