Youth soccer team members rescued more than two weeks after sudden flooding trapped them in a cave complex in Thailand are now convalescing at a hospital in the northern city of Chiang Rai. In addition to treating the boys for potential dehydration, malnutrition and oxygen depravation, their doctors also plan to closely monitor them for symptoms of diseases that may have been transmitted by animals living in the cave system. Operations were underway at the time of publication to rescue the 12 boys (ages 11 to 17) and their coach.
The “next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe, because living in a cave has a different environment, which might contain animals that could transmit…disease,” news reports quoted a statement from Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital as saying. The boys and their family members have been told to watch for symptoms such as headache, nausea, muscle pain or difficulty breathing, the reports added.
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