Bangkok tightens measures against spread of Mers

Suvarnabhumi Airport
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BANGKOK, Thailand — (NNT) – Following the discovery of the first case of the deadly Mers virus in Thailand, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is tightening measures to curb the possible spread of the disease.

All hospitals and clinics in the capital have been warned to screen patients who exhibit respiratory symptoms similar to those of Mers and the people who arrive in Bangkok from at-risk areas.

Quarantine rooms have been prepared for possible arrivals of Mers patients.

Suvarnabhumi Airport will also screen and quarantine passengers returning from Mers-hit countries. Over 1,000 Thai Muslims are currently making a pilgrimage to Hajj in Saudi Arabia, one of the countries with records of Mers outbreaks.

Pamphlets and extra information are being given to pilgrims making the journey.

Additional measures which include monitoring Thai workers and students as well as foreign visitors who traveled from countries with Mers have been put in place.

The Ministry of Public Health has just reported that the country’s first Mers patient is now recovering from the disease. Three relatives of his are being put under quarantine in a bid to prevent any outbreak. –

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