Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today declared the country free of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after lab test of its first and only MERS patient, a 75-year-old Omani man, showing no sign of the virus. Meanwhile, lab test on 176 others who had come into contact with the man also shows no sign of the virus.
However, the Ministry said that it would continue its precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus into the country, especially monitoring inbound passengers from countries known to have experienced the spread of MERS. Checkpoints with thermal imaging cameras have been installed at international airports.
The general public has also been advised to adhere to sanitary practices to protect themselves against the virus as well as take extra precaution when travelling to countries with report of MERS cases.