China raises the risk of MERS
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.