Get your­self tested for MERS - Health Min­istry

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The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health un­der the Min­istry of Health has no­ti­fied that all the trav­el­ers sus­pected of Acute Res­pi­ra­tory Dis­ease ( ARI) and have a travel his­tory to Middle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome ( MERs) af­fected coun­try to seek im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance from Pub­lic Health Lab­o­ra­tory for the lab­o­ra­tory con­fir­ma­tion of MERS-COV.

Middle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (MERs) is a vi­ral res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease caused by a novel corona virus that was first iden­ti­fied in Saudi Ara­bia in 2012. The virus is a large fam­ily of virus that can caused dis­ease rang­ing from cold and se­vere acute res­pi­ra­tory syn­drome. Since May 2015, MERS have been de­tected in three Asian coun­tries which in­clude China, Korea and two cases have been iden­ti­fied in Bangkok last week. Thai­land has con­firmed Middle East res­pi­ra­tory syn­drome corona virus (MERS-CoV) dis­ease in a trav­eler, the se­cond such case in the coun­try in the last seven months, as WHO cau­tioned other mem­ber states in its South-East Asia Re­gion against the con­tin­u­ing risks and the need to re­main vig­i­lant. “The new case of MERS- CoV is a re­minder of the con­tin­ued risk of im­por­ta­tion of the dis­ease from coun­tries where it still per­sists. All coun­tries need to fur­ther en­hance sur­veil­lance for se­vere acute res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, fo­cus on early di­ag­no­sis, and step up in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol pro­ce­dures in health-care fa­cil­i­ties to rapidly de­tect any case of im­por­ta­tion and ef­fec­tively pre­vent its spread,” Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, WHO South-East Asia Re­gion, said.

A 71-year -old na­tional from Oman, who ar­rived in Bangkok, Thai­land for treat­ment on 22nd Jan­uary, and was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, tested pos­i­tive for MERS-CoV. He has since been trans­ferred to the Bam­ras­naradura In­fec­tious Dis­ease In­sti­tute. Mea­sures are be­ing taken to trace all those who could have been in his con­tact dur­ing his jour­ney to Thai­land, and within Bangkok.

This is the se­cond MERS CoV case in Thai­land and in the WHO South-East Asia Re­gion. Ear­lier, on 18 June 2015 an­other Omani na­tional who ar­rived in Bangkok for treat­ment, was tested pos­i­tive for MERS-CoV. In the re­cent past, coun­tries in the WHO South-East Asia Re­gion have been re­view­ing and strength­en­ing pre­pared­ness to re­spond to MER­SCoV.

WHO has been strongly ad­vo­cat­ing for strength­en­ing health sys­tems and en­sur­ing strict in­fec­tion con­trol mea­sures are in place in coun­tries to re­spond to in­fec­tious dis­eases such as MERS-CoV.

In the Re­gion, WHO is sup­port­ing Min­istries of Health to build ca­pac­i­ties and strengthen pre­pared­ness as re­quired un­der the In­ter­na­tional Health Reg­u­la­tions (2005) to ef­fec­tively de­tect and re­spond to out­breaks and other haz­ards.

MERS-CoV is caused by a virus. Typ­i­cal symp­toms in­clude fever, cough and short­ness of breath. Pneu­mo­nia is com­mon, but not al­ways present. Gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms, in­clud­ing di­ar­rhea, have also been re­ported.

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