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Omani MERS sufferer’s condition improves in Thailand
June 23, 2015 | 9:12 PM
by Times News Service
A monitor connected to a body temperature scanner shows flight passengers arriving at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, on Monday. -Reuters
 
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Muscat: The 75-year-old Omani man diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) is recovering, and if he tests negative over the next few days he will be out of danger, said Rajata Rajatanavin, Thailand’s public health minister to the Bangkok Post on Tuesday.

The Omani businessman arrived in Bangkok on June 15 from Muscat for treatment of a heart disease, but was found to be infected with the Mers-coronavirus. He had visited two health centres in Oman before travelling to Bangkok.

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He is currently admitted to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province and is being kept in isolation.



Three relatives who travelled with him are also in quarantine.

The health minister said the MERS situation in Thailand was under control and improving.

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The number of people being monitored after coming into contact with the Omani man was dropping and some of them could return home.

Dr Rajata said Thailand had effective disease control measures in place, including efficient checks on visitors from Middle East countries and South Korea, the two risk areas, so authorities had not placed restrictions on travel, and tourism was unaffected.

The WHO said that the national health authorities in Thailand are reviewing and strengthening infection prevention and control measures at the hospital where the patient was initially admitted. “They are also carrying out contact tracing of households and health-care contacts and activating the emergency operation centre as well as the preparedness and response units,” it said.

The information on this event is also being shared between the two concerned countries, Thailand and Oman, it added.

Globally, since September 2012, the WHO has been notified of 1,334 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 471 related deaths.

Oman’s Ministry of Health is also in touch with the health authorities in Thailand in compliance of international health regulations.

The ministry has called on the public to adhere to appropriate infection prevention and control measures such as personal hygienic practices including covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing and also to practice hand hygiene at all times to reduce the general risk of respiratory infections.

Globally, since September 2012, the WHO has been notified of 1,334 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 471 related deaths. Oman’s Ministry of Health is also in touch with the health authorities in Thailand in compliance of international health regulations.

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