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Thailand wants to restore foreign tourist confidence

The government plans to launch a campaign to help restore confidence in the country’s tourist industry…

The government plans to launch a campaign to help restore confidence in the country’s tourist industry.Under the scheme the government and private travel companies will explain to foreign tourists that the avian flu situation in Thailand has been controlled.

The government is taking this action in response to fears that the problem in Sriracha Tiger Zoo, where more rthan 60 tigers have died from bird flu, could affect Thailand’s tourism industry.

There has been no case of the bird flu disease being passed from animals to human, the director of the command centre for bird flu, Dr. Charal Trinvuthipong told TNA on Friday.

None of the caretakers at the zoo have contracted the disease from the tigers, he said.

Thailand is safe for visitors. There have been no new reported cases of humans with the infection for four weeks, said Dr. Charal.

This means the situation is under control, he insisted.

Since the second outbreak of the disease in the country in July, four patients have been officially confirmed as having contracting bird flu so far, three of whom have died.

There are around 142 cases still waiting for the results of laboratory tests to determine whether they have contracted the virus.

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