Six guards of the anti-government protesters camped in central Bangkok have caught the deadly H1N1 swine flu virus, a public hospital chief said.
Laboratory tests on Saturday confirmed the six young men, ranging in age from 16 to 42 years, have the virus, the chief said yesterday.
"They have been sleeping in a group of some 50 people and they could easily spread the virus," Pichaya Nakawachara, head of Bangkok's General Hospital, warned.
Seven guards went to the hospital last week with flu-like symptoms, but none of them are in serious condition. They were merely given medication, the doctor said.
Six of them remain in hospital.
The protest, which began March 12, peaked two days later with some 100,000 protesters in Bangkok.
Recently, 10,000-20,000 protesters gather at the rally site during peak hours in the evening, but the numbers drop
early in the morning.