Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Beijing takes precautions against MERS coronavirus #MERS #Coronavirus

Health care providers are being advised to be vigilant and have been advised to test travelers returning from the Middle East for MERS if they show signs of developing severe acute respiratory infections, experts said. Specimens from patients' lower respiratory tracts should be obtained for diagnosis where possible. Meanwhile, medical staff in China have also been informed that immuno-compromised patients exhibiting atypical signs and symptoms such as diarrhea should be tested for the virus.
Healthcare facilities are have been reminded of the importance of infection prevention and control, while samples from suspected cases should be sent immediately to the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention for examination, the paper said.

Beijing authorities have convened 110 medical experts from major hospitals to be on standby 24 hours a day, the Beijing Times said. But Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing's disease control center, said that the measures are all precautionary as MERS has a limited capacity for transmission, with only 64 confirmed cases reported worldwide since last year.

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