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1. Posted by arvind555 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

is it safe to travel to bangkok as there is risk of swine flu.plng trip in sept09

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1852 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting arvind555

is it safe to travel to bangkok as there is risk of swine flu.plng trip in sept09

I think you will find Swine Flu in most countries by now. Thailand does have several cases, so does the US, Canada, UK and many other places in Europe. From what I read that flu seems to be more serious for young people/children, those with existing medical problems and pregnant women. If you are in one of those groups maybe staying home would be appropriate, although there is no guarantee that you would not catch the flu in your own hometown.

Kids seem to catch it pretty easy because they share things and don't clean their hands often. Some internet shops in Thailand where kids hang out have reduced hours and now have hand cleaner available. I haven't read anything (so far) that shows that flight attendants, airport workers, ticket agents, security checkers and people working in airport concessions have higher incidences of Swine Flu than people in other occupations. These people come in contact with possibly thousands of tourists every couple days.

Will you come down with a problem if you fly to Thailand - who knows? Will you get the flu staying in your own hometown - who knows? My advice is to first read up on precautions you should take! Use hand cleaner, don't swap bodily fluids with strangers and don't lick your hands after you open doors, turn knobs, operate handles and levers! In airports and even on airplanes you will notice some people with hospital masks on, unless they personally have the flu I think the masks would be more helpful on their hands when they open toilet doors!

Over the next 4 weeks I will be flying to or from the Philippines, Thailand and the US - I carry some hand cleaner with me and use it! Would I feel a little funny if the guy next to me is coughing and hacking a lot during a flight - yeah sure, I might even stuff a bag over his head if he hacks and coughs in my direction! International travel is always an adventure!

Up to you!

3. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

95% of the swine flu cases in Thailand don't need any medication or hospitalization. That means then that the swine flu in Thailand is none better or worse than your average day-to-day flu.

As mentioned a hundred times already, the normal flu is more hazardous than swine flu.

Nothing to affect your travel plans to Thailand.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Don't let a slight risk of getting swine flu stop you going on holiday. I was in Bangkok a few weeks ago and come out perfectly healthy even from eating plenty of food from the street stalls which can be of questionable standard.

I'm not too sure about other parts of the world (apart from Mexico which has very low standard of medical and has been over publicised), but in Australia nearly all reported deaths from what they say is Swine Flu have happened with people who were terminally ill to begin with. Of the hundred or so reported deaths most have had a form of cancer and were dying from that anyway, so basically may not have died at all as a result of swine flu but because they had it the authorities say they did die of swine flu.

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was in Bangkok few days back and it seems to be normal... I even went to hospital in Mahasarakham and found out that none of the staffs or visitors were wearing mask... In my opinion, I think the situation there is under control

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Aug-2009, at 03:34 by opospa ]