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Infected tourist on Samui

A woman had a fever 17 days after arriving on Koh Samui, Surat Thani province. (Bangkok Post file photo)

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A French tourist on Koh Samui is sick with the coronavirus.

The woman had successfully passed through the 14-day state quarantine, making health officials suspect she contracted the disease while in Thailand. Nevertheless, they have urged the public not to panic.

Sophon Iamsirithavorn, head of the Communicable Disease Division, said he suspected the 57-year-old woman became infected while in the country because she twice tested negative for the virus while in quarantine.

The woman developed the fever on Oct 17, 17 days after arriving in the country, he said.


Moreover, she had flown here from the city of Limoges, where the Covid infection rate is quite low.

However, Dr Sophon stressed that further inquiries are needed to find the source of infection.


Vocabulary:

contract  : to become infected with a disease - ติดเชื้อ

fever : an abnormally high body temperature - ไข้

inquiry : a question intended to get information about someone or something - การไต่สวน

panic : to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ตื่นตกใจ

quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ

source : the cause of something - ต้นกำเนิด

test negative : to show no signs of being infected by a particular virus, bacteria, etc. - ตรวจพบว่าไม่ติดเชื้อ

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