Re­sults due to­day for sus­pected MERS case

CDC raises travel warn­ing for the whole of South Korea to level 2

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Af­ter MERS took an­other life, claim­ing its sev­enth death in South Korea yes­ter­day, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC,

) raised the travel sug­ges­tion of its three-tier warn­ing sys­tem to level two, “alert,” for trav­el­ing to South Korea.

Be­fore yes­ter­day, the CDC had only put on the “alert” sig­nal for the Seoul Cap­i­tal Area, and the other re­gions of South Korea had re­mained at level one, “watch.”

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA, ) fol­lowed up last night, switch­ing the travel warn­ing light for the en­tire coun­try to “yel­low,” from the pre­vi­ous “gray” for re­gions out­side Seoul. MOFA of­fi­cials re­mind vis­i­tors to South Korea that they should avoid med­i­cal cen­ters as much as pos­si­ble.

The fast- spread­ing dis­ease took an­other life yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to South Korean of­fi­cials. MERS pa­tient num­bers have hit 87 con­firmed cases, with more than 2,000 peo­ple now held in iso­la­tion, and more than 2,100 schools have cur­rently suspended classes.

A preg­nant woman was con­firmed with MERS yes­ter­day, which is rarely seen even in the his­tory of the MERS in­fec­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally, of­fi­cials said.

Ac­cord­ing to t he World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WHO,

) , the num­ber of MERS pa­tients in South Korea will most likely con­tinue grow­ing in the fu­ture. Though no ev­i­dence sug­gest sus­tained hu­man- to- hu­man trans­mis­sion in com­mu­ni­ties, WHO of­fi­cials said that they will not be sur­prised if such cases are re­ported in short time.

Tai­wanese Man Pos­si­bly

In­fected

A 39- year- old Tai­wanese man sought med­i­cal treat­ment at the Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Hs­inchu branch (

) yes­ter­day. He had re­cently re­turned from a trip to Seoul. He is cur­rently held in iso­la­tion, await­ing test re­sults to con­firm whether he has been in­fected with MERS.

Ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal, test re­sults will come out to­day. Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal work­ers at the hos­pi­tal, the man has had symptoms of an up­per re­s­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion, in­clud­ing a sore throat and a runny nose ear­lier yes­ter­day.

A South Korean tourist was re­ported to have MERS symptoms and sought med­i­cal treat­ment at Taipei City Hos­pi­tal Re­nai Branch yes­ter­day morn­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Chen Hsiu-sheng ( ) later in the day, test re­sults had come out and have cleared the tourist from be­ing in­fected with the MERS virus.

Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port

on High Alert

Be­gin­ning to­day, pas­sen­gers fly­ing in from South Korea will be en­ter­ing the coun­try at six se­lec­tive gates, which are lo­cated close to the CDC ex­am­i­na­tion counter at Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Of­fi­cials said that around 14 flights from South Korea land at the air­port ev­ery day, with around 2,000 pas­sen­gers en­ter­ing the coun­try. For preven­ta­tive mea­sures, six gates iso­lated from oth­ers have been se­lected for th­ese pas­sen­gers. Tem­pera- ture mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems are also set up at th­ese gates. More­over, the air­port will be dis­in­fected more reg­u­larly, and all screens will be show­ing dis­ease pre­ven­tion ma­te­ri­als, of­fi­cials said.

Photo cap­tured from the In­ter­net

The en­trance to the First Med­i­cal Build­ing of the Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Hs­inchu branch ( ) is seen cor­doned off af­ter a pa­tient with MERS re­s­pi­ra­tory symptoms sought med­i­cal treat­ment at the hos­pi­tal, yes­ter­day. He is now be­ing held in iso­la­tion and wait­ing for his MERS test re­sults to come out.

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