Woman quar­an­tined af­ter re­turn from South Korea tests neg­a­tive for MERS

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The woman put in quar­an­tine iso­la­tion at a hos­pi­tal in Taipei Satur­day due to a fever she de­vel­oped af­ter re­turn­ing from a trip to South Korea tested neg­a­tive Sun­day for Mid­dle East Re­s­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (MERS), a deadly epi­demic be­ing ram­pant in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try.

The Tai­wanese na­tional walked her­self to the Zhongx­iao branch of Taipei City Hos­pi­tal Satur­day evening for med­i­cal treat­ment due to ill­ness caused by fever, the Taipei City Depart­ment of Health said, not­ing that the woman was ad­mit­ted to an iso­la­tion ward right af­ter an in­fluenza screen­ing showed a neg­a­tive re­sult. She was soon then given a MERS test, and the re­sult, which came out ear­lier Sun­day, was neg­a­tive as well, the depart­ment said.

The woman trav­eled to Seoul on June 9 for a six-hour whirl­wind stay aimed at shop­ping, be­fore head­ing to China via Kong Kong. She re­turned to Tai­wan on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

South Korea gov­ern­men­tal statis­tics in­di­cate that the num­ber of con­firmed MERS-in­fected pa­tients has reached 145 peo­ple in the coun­try, 15 of whom have died and 120 are still be­ing treated at hos­pi­tals.

Tai­wan has is­sued a travel alert for South Korea, warn­ing peo­ple to ex­er­cise cau­tion dur­ing trips there and has ad­vised trav­el­ers re­turn­ing from MERS af­fected coun­tries to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion if they de­velop symptoms such as a fever, cough or dif­fi­culty breath­ing.

MERS, which is caused by a novel coro­n­avirus, af­fects the re­s­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, and most pa­tients de­velop se­vere acute re­s­pi­ra­tory ill­ness with symptoms of fever, cough and short­ness of breath.

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