By  on August 4, 2009

BANGKOK — Retailers in Thailand are confronting the spread of swine flu, which could jeopardize their recovery from weak economic conditions that have curbed consumer spending and cut into tourism.

About four dozen people have died from swine flu in Thailand and another 6,700 cases have been confirmed, making it one of the hardest-hit Asian nations. A major Bangkok paper, The Nation, urged in a recent front-page editorial that public venues, including “schools, theaters, concerts, department stores, supermarkets and offices,” be shut for two weeks to stem the spread of the virus.

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