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His Majesty the King has been Asked to Rest



Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s longest-serving living monarch


BANGKOK -His Majesty the King, the world’s longest-serving living monarch has been advised to suspend royal activities for a while after he was diagnosed with a slight fever and experiences fatigue, the Royal Household Bureau said on Tuesday.

The medical announcement said His Majesty suffered fevers from time to time during the past week. His appetite was reduced and he was tired more often.

A team of royal physicians at Siriraj Hospital provided a daily medical check-up since His Majesty began to suffer the low fevers last week.

His heartbeat and blood pressure remained normal, as did his bladder and bowel health. His breathing, however was slightly faster than normal, the announcement said.

On Tuesday, His Majesty reported pain in his knees. An examination showed that both knees were swollen. A blood test indicated no bacterial infection, so doctors provided him with medication to treat the swollen knees.

Because of his fatigue and reduced appetite, the doctors advised His Majesty to suspend activities for a while.

His Majesty is scheduled to preside over the opening of the King Chulalongkorn statue and the opening ceremony of the Sayamindradhiraj Medical Institute at Siriraj on Friday. Siriraj plans to host a monkey show for His Majesty at the end of the ceremony.

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