Taiwan, US to hold Asia-Pacific workshop on MERS
Taiwan and the United States will jointly hold a workshop next week in Taiwan that will focus on testing and diagnosis of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an official said Thursday.
The workshop, which will be attended by experts from the AsiaPacific region, will take place in the southern city of Tainan Aug. 12-14, during which four U.S. experts in disease control will give presentations on related issues, said Christine Hsueh, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of North American Affairs, at a news briefing.
“About 20 experts from Japan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines will attend the workshop,” she added.
The workshop comes after the South Korean government declared in late July an end to an outbreak of MERS that killed 36 people in that country. South Korea reported its first confirmed case of MERS in late May, a 68-year-old man who had visited Bahrain.
Although no MERS cases have been reported in Taiwan, the country has taken a series of precautionary measures aimed at preventing and combating MERS.
The workshop will be the first program since Taiwan and the U.S. signed a memorandum of understanding ( MOU) June 1 to extend the two countries’ cooperation in international public health and other issues of mutual concern.
The MOU came with the launch of the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, which offers a good platform for Taiwan and the U.S. to work closely in the areas of global health, environmental protection, science and technology, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, said Chang Hsiao-yueh, chairwoman of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs under the Foreign Ministry, during the signing ceremony.