A recent outbreak of MERS-CoV in Thailand, it is concerns for the country
After a recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand, it is going to be a great concern for the country as a whole. The county has been put on red alert and all the health facilities to deal with MERSCoV have been activated including the Ministerial committee.
The MERS-CoV which was the first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The virus appears to be circulating throughout the Arabian Peninsula, primarily in Saudi Arabia, where the majority of cases (>85%) have been reported.
According to the news release from the ministry of health stated that, a typical symptom for the MERS-CoV includes severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Ap- proximately, 36 percent reported patients with MERS-CoV have died.
To protect from getting MERS-CoV, the press release states that, it is advised that people should follow some of tips to help prevent respiratory illness such as washing of hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then discard the tissue in the trash after use and wash hands afterwards (cough or sneeze into the upper sleeves of their clothing, but not into the hands; avoid touching nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands; should avoid close contact, such as kissing or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people and moreover one should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and door knobs.
Since this respiratory illness does not have as such treatment as of now, but only medical care will be supportive and may help to relieve symptom.
Several cases have been reported outside the Middle East. Most of these infections are believed to have been acquired in the Middle East, and then exported outside the region. Globally, since September 2012, World Heath Organization ( WHO) has been notified of 1227 laboratory-confirmed case4s of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 449 related deaths.
While, WHO does not recommend the applicant of any travel or trade restrictions or entry screening related to MERS-CoV.
Since the virus can spread from person to person through close contact; travelers who are travelling to South Korea should take all precautions while travelling. WHO recommended some general measures for travelers to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses are which includes washing hands often and not touching nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands.
On 20th May 2015, MERS-CoV was reported in South Korea from a 68 years old traveler who had travelled to Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, prior to returning to Korea on 4th May. To date a total of 126 MERSCoV cases including 11 deaths have been reported from South Korea. The ongoing outbreak in the Republic of Korea is the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, and while concerning, there is no evidence of sustained human to human transmission in the Republic of Korea.
Since the respiratory illness was reported on 20th May 2015, the traveler to South Korea where there is an ongoing out breaks since 20th May 2015, the travelers are at risk, according to the release from Ministry of Health.
According to the release, if the persons are planning to visit South Korea, it is advised that seek advised from a Physician or health worker before 4-6 weeks before the trips.
Meanwhile, if developed some symptoms after returning back South Korea fever with cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days after returning from South Korea a person should call 112 or nearest health facility for advice and should mention your recent travel and about your symptoms as soon as possible which may help you to get medical assistance soon and also help to protect your family and friends from becoming sick.