Taipei suspected MERS case tests negative
A 34-year-old Taiwanese man suspected of having the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus ( MERS- CoV), who traveled to Dubai and Vietnam earlier this month, has tested negative for the illness, health authorities said Sunday.
After South Korea reported more than a dozen MERS virus infections, sparking fears of the spread of the virus to Taiwan, Neihu District in Taipei reported a suspected MERS-CoV case involving the man a day earlier, but it turned out to be type B influenza, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy DirectorGeneral Chou Jih-haw ( ).
The man went on a business trip to Dubai May 23-25 before heading to Vietnam May 26-29. He fell ill and began suffering from fever and a sore throat May 28 and sought medical attention at a hospital the following day.
The hospital then took samples from him and reported his case to health agencies.
According to South Korean health officials, the first confirmed case in South Korea was found in a 68-year-old man who traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in April and May. He returned to South Korea via Qatar. Since then, the virus has spread to victims with whom he came into close contact, including a nurse and other hospital patients.
Since Korea’s outbreak of MERS, the largest among nonMiddle Eastern countries, Taiwan has reported 17 suspected cases, all of which were negative, Chou said, adding that Taiwan has taken measures to prevent infections and border controls to prevent the spread of the disease have been tightened.