Thailand’s king recovering after respiratory infection: palace

The king has no fever and a blood test showed a decrease in inflammation, it said, adding that an x-ray of his lungs showed no sign of inflammation.

By: Reuters | Bangkok | Published:September 11, 2016 8:46 pm
thailand, thailand king, thailand king health condition, thailand king fever, thailand king health, world news In this file photo, Thai people hold portraits of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and Queen Sirikit as they pray outside of the Grand Palace during the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne in Bangkok. (AP Photo)

Thailand’s 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, is recovering after a respiratory infection, the palace said in a statement Sunday.

The king has no fever and a blood test showed a decrease in inflammation, it said, adding that an x-ray of his lungs showed no sign of inflammation.

It is the fourth health statement in over a week and follows a bulletin on Wednesday which said that the king had shown further improvement following a severe infection.

Doctors have stopped administering antibiotics to the king and will closely monitor his kidneys, the palace statement added. The king has been treated for various ailments during a year-long hospitalization in the Thai capital.

King Bhumibol is deeply revered in Thailand where he is accorded semi-divine status. Many Thais see him as a pillar of stability in a country subject to bouts of political instability and which has been ruled by a military junta since 2014.

The king was last seen in public on January 11.