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Thailand Faces Rising Number of Diseases from Foreign Laborers

July 26, 2002

Thailand Health Ministry researcher Stunt Konghuntod said Friday that the country faces a growing problem of contagious disease brought in by migrant workers from neighboring countries. An annual health check of around 450,000 registered alien workers showed 5,305 infected with contagious diseases including TB, syphilis, leprosy and elephantiasis. The results did not include testing for HIV, which is handled by a separate ministry division. However, HIV is considered a homegrown problem in Thailand and not one that enters the country via migrant workers.

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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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