Tai­wan, US to hold Asia-Pa­cific work­shop on MERS

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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