Affiliation: * National Institute of Health, Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Health
**Office of Atoms for Peace, Ministry of Sscience andTechnology, Bangkok
*** Boromarajonnani College of Nursing Chakriraj, Ban Pong District, Rachaburi Province
****Academy of Science, The Royal Institute, Bangkok
Source: Journal of Health Science 2004; 13: 32-36
Language: Thai with English Abstract
In Rachaburi Province, There are two significant natural hot springs:Boe Klueng in Suan Pueng district and Bann Pu Namron in Baan Ka subdistrict. On November 30, 2003, a pollution survey conductes at both sites revealed the presence of dissolved radon gas in eater samples as high as 170,794.99 and 23,621.69 becquerels/cubic meter, respectively (safety threshold is 400,000 becquerels/cubic meter), while simultaneous measurements of gamma ray exposure and atmospheric radon gas in the vicinity of those sites showed gamma radiation intensity of 40 and 23.5 mR/h, respectively (normal background intensity does not exceed 20 mR/h) and radon gas ranges of 39.36-53.59 and 31.40-46.71 becquerels/cubic meter respectively (Safety level: 148 Bq.m3); and revealed the presence of Legionella pneumophila organisms in water samples from both hot spring source, i.e., serogr. 13 at Boe Klueng’s bathing pond, and serogr 7 and serogr 6 in water samples from the main hot spring and the bathing tanks respectively at Baan Pu Namron. Worthy of note is that the same group of researchers had succeeded in detecting legionella organism in one of the natural hot spring in Mae Hong Son province. The presence authors intend to carry on further surveys in order to identify the hazards in natural hot springs in the Kingdom.