CHIANGRAI TIMES- Thailand has said that visitors to the country do not need to be concerned about health risks related to the recent flood. The country’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) assured tourists that very few visitor destinations were flooded, and that even the worst-affected areas have not seen any significant outbreak of disease.
“The flood, which has receded from most areas, poses no health risk to tourists. Only Thai residents who have been exposed to floodwater for a long period of time have experienced a few isolated health problems. Visitors to tourist attractions in central Bangkok or elsewhere throughout Thailand will not face any health problems relating to the recent flood,” said TAT Governor, Suraphon Svetasreni.
The MOPH also established a Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG) in co-operation with the World Health Organisation and the US Centre for Disease Control to implement a strategy of preventing and controlling flood-related diseases.
“So far only detected sporadic cases and small clusters of food poisoning and respiratory infections related to the flood. None of the cases involved tourists. There have been no outbreaks of flood-related diseases, and none are anticipated as conditions steadily improve,” a TAT statement said.
Anna Wong – Chiangrai Times