BANGKOK: A hospital director says a former Thai health minister has contracted H1N1 flu and is responding well to treatment.
Chamaree Cheupetcharasopon of Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok says Sudarat Keyuraphan is being treated with Tamiflu and that her condition is improving.
Forty-eight-year-old Sudarat was hospitalized Wednesday after tests confirmed she had the H1N1 virus.
Chamaree said Friday that Sudarat was "coughing a little but no longer has fever."
Sudarat was health minister from 2001 to 2005.
Thailand's health ministry has reported 81 H1N1-flu deaths and estimates 350,000-500,000 cases, most of whom have recovered without severe symptoms.