In SE Asia countries are on the look out and preparing for MERS.
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What is MERS?
Source is the CDC
MERS, a viral respiratory illness, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
What can travelers do to prevent MERS?
All travelers can take these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; germs spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots and, if possible, see your health care provider at least 4–6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots.
- Visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on healthy travel.
- If you are sick:
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
- Contact your doctor if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after being in a health care facility in the Republic of Korea. Tell your doctor about your recent travel and presence in a health care facility before you go in for an appointment.
Staying safe from MERS
Phuket on alert for the MERS virus
PHUKET HEALTH officials ramped up efforts last week to identify passengers possibly carrying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to the island from South Korea or the Middle East, where the virus is spreading.
“We received an order from the Public Health Ministry in Bangkok to be on alert for the virus,” Kajohnsak Kaewjarus, chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Organisation, said yesterday.”We started checking passengers on June 9.”Six carriers flying into Phuket have flights departing from South Korea and the Middle East.
“Every traveller arriving from these destinations is being checked by the Disease Control Centre at Phuket International Airport,” he said.
Airline crewmembers have also been asked to keep an eye out for any passengers showing signs of influenza and to notify officials upon arrival at the airport.
“Between Tuesday and Friday, we checked 3,900 passengers and found no MERS suspects,” he said.
“We have strong countermeasures in place, which we introduced in 2013 when MERS first became a concern for the island.”
Get ready for MERS