Thailand confirms first case of MERS

Around 60 people are being monitored for the virus
Thailand has become the latest country to register the MERS virus. Its health minister announced that a businessman from Oman has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Around 60 people are being monitored for the virus, several of them warded under quarantine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province, according to press reports. The Thai authorities say they are regularly telephoning the others and have asked them to stop work for the next two weeks.
“We are confident that we can control the outbreak,” Thai government spokesman Major General Sunsern Kaewkamnerd said in a statement, adding that the man’s three family members who accompanied him to Thailand would also be monitored.
According to the World Health Organisation, 25 countries have reported cases of MERS: Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen (Middle East); Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and the UK (Europe); Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt (Africa); China, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines (Asia); and the USA. The vast majority of the cases have so far occurred in Saudi Arabia.
Thai Airways has set out seven strict measures to deal with the MERS situation, including screening passengers before checking in and observing their health conditions during the flight. It is also disinfecting airline cabins and monitoring the hygiene of airline staff.
Meanwhile, South Korea is experiencing a deluge of flight cancellations worldwide as travellers fear the spread of the virus.
TTG Asia / Reuters