BANGKOK, 24 June 2013 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is on high alert for possible symptoms of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) which has killed 38 people worldwide.
Health Minister Dr Pradit Sinthawanarong said 68 people in 9 countries
have been confirmed as having contracted the virus since September. The
number of the infected is expected to rise as the World Health
Organization reported that the virus could be trasmitted from humans,
though they are still searching for the source of the outbreak.
No case of MERS infection has been reported in Thailand so far but
health professionals are continuing to closely monitor the situation.
Major provinces which are frequented by tourists such as Bangkok, Chiang
Mai, Phuket and Khon Kaen have been advised to be on the lookout for
patients with flu-like symptoms.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus first emerged in the
Arabian peninsula last September and belongs to the same family of
viruses as the one responsible for Sars.