UPDATE: More than 6,000 Diarrhea Patients in Phuket, 70% Infected with Norovirus

Phuket –

More than 6,000 patients have been suffering from diarrhea in Phuket in a week after many of them have become infected with a Norovirus, said the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO).

Our previous story:

The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) is investigating after many students in Phuket went down with diarrhea.

Now for the update:

The PPHO Chief Doctor Koosak Kookietikun told the Phuket Express on Tuesday (June 13th) that from June 5th to June 12th there were in total 6,382 diarrhea patients. The highest number was on June 8th. They were various ages with both Thais and foreigners in all three districts. Seventy percent of diarrhea patients have been infected from a ‘Norovirus’. Now, the number of diarrhea patients are decreasing.

It is unclear for the exact cause of the disease. However, the PPHO believes that the disease has been caused from water supplies and ice. Six ice factors including water supplies have been tested. The test results will be revealed in about one week.

Doctor Koosak told the Phuket Express that some foreigners and tourists might be worried about this. However the PPHO has publicized for understanding about the disease and how to protect oneself. They have confirmed to the Phuket Express that the situation is now under control.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.