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AIDS Leading Cause of Death in Thailand

September 4, 2001

AIDS is the leading cause of death in Thailand, not heart attacks or accidents as previously thought, health officials said Friday. AIDS and its related complications accounted for 16 percent of all deaths in 1998, said Dr. Chanpen Chuprapawan of the Health Ministry, after examining 20,000 deaths in six provinces. Accidents, high blood pressure and cancer were other main causes of death. AIDS "might have been the No. 1 killer for years, but we had been unaware because of a wrong system of recording data," she said. Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 1 million people in Thailand have been infected with HIV. Of them, 300,000 have died.


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08.31.01;Busaba Sivasomboon


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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