Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health had announced on 18 June, 2015, about the first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), after a 75-year-old Omani national man who came from a Middle Eastern country has also been quarantined at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province. As of 22 June 2015, there have been no new cases of MERS infection in the country, according to the Ministry of Public Health. The laboratory tests of the three relatives of the single case has been found negative, and will continue to be monitored constantly.
Here is the information about the case:
- The patient came from a Middle Eastern country on 15 June, 2015, in order to have medical treatment (heart and respiratory problems) in a private hospital in Thailand. Concerned that the patient might have MERS-CoV, since arriving, the hospital placed him in an isolation room, tested for the disease and as per the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, he was sent later onto Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute for treatment. After testing positive by two laboratories, the patient is in quarantine and being closely monitored. The Omani patient’s symptom has now improved.
- Thailand via the measures of the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) who operates the six international airports comprising of Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai, closely monitor incoming passengers by setting up temperature monitoring stations (Thermoscans), and notify incoming passengers the measures taken by the Thai government and airlines.
- Thailand via the Ministry of Public Health, has complied with the 1980 Communicable Disease Act, the confirmation of this first MERS case then reflects prompt action with standardised preventive measures according to the World Health Organisation‘s guidelines to monitor and control the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) not only in private hospitals, but also government hospitals in Thailand. Thailand would like to reassure tourists that proper precaution measures have been in place.
- The Ministry of Public Health has also urged people to remain calm after the first MERS-CoV case in Thailand and to strictly follow the Ministry’s instructions by eating hot food, using a common spoon and regular hand-washing to keep them away from the virus. The public can contact the Department of Disease Control Call Centre at 1422 for more information.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has consistently been monitoring the situation and strictly following the guidelines and measures set by the Ministry of Public Health. To follow the situation of MERS in Thailand, please visit www.tatnews.org.