Thai King Bhumibol’s Health Has Improved, Royal Household Says

The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has improved, though the 88-year-old monarch is still suffering from an infection, the royal palace said.

The king’s fever and heart rate have improved and his fatigue has eased, the palace said Thursday in a statement. Two days earlier, the palace said Bhumibol had come down with an unknown infection.

The king has remained at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital since May 2015, when he was treated for a lung infection. He also suffered lung infections in 2009 and 2013.

The health of Bhumibol is watched closely in Thailand, where he is revered by many for what they say has been his unifying presence during a seven-decade reign marked by 16 attempted or successful coups, the most recent in May 2014.

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