The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) is investigating after many students in Phuket went down with diarrhoea.
The PPHO Chief Doctor Koosak Kookietikun told the Phuket Express on Thursday (June 8th) that many students in many schools in Phuket are suffering with diarrhea and some are vomiting. On Tuesday (June 6th) the PPHO reported about 50 patients of various ages with diarrhoea per day in government hospitals and 100 per day in private hospitals across Phuket. Most patients have stomach ache, vomiting with diarrhoea, and some patients have a fever as well.
A possible connection with food and water poisoning is still not clear. Schools are urging an increase in hygiene measures such as food must be fresh and clean before cooking. Hand washing is also important before eating.
Thailand is in the rainy season and the weather is suitable for many germs that can cause diseases. However, the PPHO are still trying to investigate the cause of this disease. Water and ice are being tested to identify if there are any germs present.