Outbreak Investigation of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) among Islamic Missionaries in Southern Thailand, April 2020

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Farooq Phiriyasart Sawanya Chantutanon Fitreeyah Salaeh Aran Roka Tidaporn Thepparat Sunisa Kaesaman Asip Useng Idres Abu Rusna Weruma Suratan Arrong Choopong Sangsawang


From 30 Mar to 20 Apr 2020, an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) occurred in Thung Yang Daeng District of Pattani Province in Southern Thailand. An outbreak investigation was conducted to identify the outbreak’s magnitude, epidemiologic characteristics, and source of infection. A descriptive study was conducted in which we reviewed investigation reports of all Real Time - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) confirmed COVID-19 cases and identified active local transmission villages. A case was defined as a person living in one of the active local transmission villages with laboratory confirmation of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A total of 27 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified from 471 individuals (overall attack rate 5.7%) who were deemed to be high-risk contacts. Among them, two cases were detected from the active case finding. The median age of the 27 cases was 46 years (Q1=28, Q3=58) and the male to female ratio was 1.07:1. The first imported case returned from religious gatherings at Markaz Yala, a place of worship in Yala Province. The analytic result showed that the group of religious contacts at Markaz Yala, local religious contacts, and household contacts of the confirmed cases, had a significantly higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection than other community members. Local quarantine for people returning from outbreak areas and religious gatherings, and for high-risk close contacts will be appropriate for the district context.

Keywords: Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, Islamic missionaries, southern, Thailand

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PHIRIYASART, Farooq et al. Outbreak Investigation of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) among Islamic Missionaries in Southern Thailand, April 2020. OSIR Journal, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, june 2020. ISSN 2651-1061. Available at: <https://osirjournal.net/index.php/osir/article/view/195>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2023.