I have just came back from Thailand a few hours ago - I base my info on my friend reading thai newspapers. But if you can't find it on news it might have been only cases of infection and my friend exagerated the news.
I will call her later today to confirm.
taking tamiflu with you is not a problem - you can buy it without presciption in many countries and on the net. If you have an original packaging with your name label on it from the pharmacy take it with you - if you thinking about buying tamiflu while travelling get a cophy of your presciption.
info confirmed here
48 old man dies in Kanchanaburi in October.
50 year old woman contracts bird flu in Nonthaburi, suburb of Bangkok.
The good news is Thailand will start producing generic tamilflu from January 2006, about 100 000 per week.
On Tuesday the USA put aside $ 7bln to buy drugs and vaccines
So, is it safe to travel to Bangkok in December ?
better be i'll be there.....
I can travel to Bangkok anytime
The only reason anyone would have to be afraid is if they actually work with birds on a daily basis and have constant contact with birds that have been infected. In other words, you'd have to work pretty hard to get bird flu. I think I'd be more worried about getting an upset stomach from eating food I'm not used to, so better take some Pepto.
Tamiflu will help to an extent, but the bird flu is caused by a virus, so no real treatment. Just meds to dull it a bit. All Tamiflu does is to reduce the length of time you're sick, same as with the flu virus.
You shouldn't have any problems taking meds into the country as long as you have a prescription on the bottle, etc. Just keep the labels on everything. I always travel with a veritable arsenal of medicine, enough to supply a small pharmacy, and it's never been a problem anywhere.
whoever is claiming thats its gone human to human is full of it. thats what everyones scared of, and when it does all the borders are going to shut - so i wouldnt be worried. its a black and white situation, either u get in and SEA is as safe as anywhere else, or it mutates and u simply wont go (in which case everybody is screwed).
All Tamiflu does is to reduce the length of time you're sick, same as with the flu virus.
tamiflu do saves lifes - but it has to be taken within 48 hours of infection, as soon as the first symptoms appeare. Dosage is 2 tablets per day for 5 days. You will be sick - but you won't die.
It can be used as well as a preventative - one tablet per day. That's why different governments are buying it for the civil servants - they will be told to use it that way when the pandemic strikes.
Is it legal to take Tamiflu into Thailand while on travel ?
Massager's report on the deaths are not reported on any prominent news channels !!! Is it a confirmed report ???
I did notice an internet article on bird flue that in interested me a little. I think it was in Britain that a parrot from South America was put in quarantine with some infected birds from Asia, the parrot came down with "bird flu."
Every now and then I notice bars in Pattaya that have parrots outside either as an attraction or as pets, there are wild birds flying in and out stealing food from the parrot's cage. Guess I won't be going to one of those bars!
I will still eat (cooked) chicken when I return to Thailand in a couple of weeks. But you won't catch me handling any live or dead (raw) chickens.
Hi here is recent info about this.
Just for your information
CARE Launches Bird Flu Awareness Campaign in Vietnam
Also : Please see CAREs briefing paper on Avian Influenza for more information.