Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Avian influenza kills hundreds of pigeons at two Thai village schools

20 November, 2004

Panic has gripped a central Thailand village after hundreds of pigeons found dead at two local schools were found to have died of avian influenza.
Hundreds of pigeon carcasses were found at Sri Saliam primary school and nearby Thung Saliam kindergarten in Sukhothai's Thung Saliam district on Nov 5.
But panic broke out only after the cause of death was confirmed by a provincial science centre on Wednesday.
The affected schools, with a total of 500 students, were immediately closed, and both teachers and students told to leave the area, reported the Bangkok Post.
It is the first time avian influenza has been recorded in the district. However, an outbreak swept through one nearby district earlier this year and a woman in another died of avian influenza last month.