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Western Thailand reports brucellosis cases
( 2003-09-10 16:28) (Agencies)

Some 40 people in western Thailand were believed to have been infected with the bacteria disease brucellosis, local press reported on Wednesday.

The people might have contracted the disease through contact with affected animals or consuming the animals' contaminated products, said local officials of the Ratchaburi province, some 80 kilometers west of Bangkok.

The disease had spread in the region since early this month, according to the report of Bangkok Post.

Animals infected by the disease would suffer miscarriage, while infected people would have flu symptoms including high temperature, headache pain in the joints and loss of weight.

Trying to curb the spread, local authority had killed more than 250 infected animals on 10 farms and were carrying out further tests on livestock.

Thousands of goats were raised in Ratchaburi and blood samples from 3,000 goats had been sent here for test.

There were so far only two confirmed infected persons and the other 40 were still under observation.

No vaccine was available in Thailand because the disease was rare in the country. Brucellosis in people is treatable with the use of antibiotics.

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