Thailand allows some visitors to fly out as bird flu outbreak hits

The kingdom of Thailand is allowing some recently vaccinated tourists to fly out of the country after recent outbreaks of bird flu, the Bangkok Post reported. Currently, a countrywide bird flu outbreak has infected…

Thailand allows some visitors to fly out as bird flu outbreak hits

The kingdom of Thailand is allowing some recently vaccinated tourists to fly out of the country after recent outbreaks of bird flu, the Bangkok Post reported.

Currently, a countrywide bird flu outbreak has infected at least 48,000 birds, and the disease is feared to have spread. Officials have warned that infections could jump to humans as the disease is spread through direct contact with dead or infected birds.

Thailand initially banned all movement of wild and farmed birds from the affected areas, and imposed the “zero-load” order, which requires every animal being transported to be quarantined and tested for infection.

Chicken flights have been banned from Chiang Mai airport and from Hat Yai and Nakhon Ratchasima airports, according to the Bangkok Post. That allowed only critically important fish species to leave Thailand for Vietnam.

According to the Bangkok Post, the Ministry of Agriculture expects the order to go into effect by Thursday. Officials will then determine whether to lift the order for all flights from Nov. 1.

Bird flu symptoms include high fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and eye infections. People that take drugs often used to treat cases of avian flu in animals can still catch the virus, officials warned.

Thailand was first hit by a widespread bird flu outbreak in December 2015 and then again in 2016.

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