China raises the risk of MERS

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The risk of Mid­dle East Re­s­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (MERS) con­tracted abroad has “sig­nif­i­cantly risen” in China, a Chi­nese health of­fi­cial said.

Mao Qun’an, spokesman for the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NHFPC), said that the es­ti­mate is based on China’s close ex­changes with the Repub­lic of Korea (ROK) and the Mid­dle East, and the com­mis­sion has called for high alert and sci­en­tific pre­ven­tion of the dis­ease.

Zhong Nan­shan, a renowned re­s­pi­ra­tory ex­pert, said a mas­sive out­break of MERS in China was un­likely given a lack of ev­i­dence on sus­tained hu­manto-hu­man trans­mis­sion of the virus.

Mao said the first con­firmed MERS pa­tient in China, a man from the ROK, tested pos­i­tive for the virus in Guang­dong on May 29 and is in sta­ble con­di­tion as he slowly re­cov­ers.

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