Thailand Confirms 2nd MERS Case

MERS02Thailand has confirmed its second case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Sunday, the country’s health minister said.

The virus was detected in a 71-year-old Omani man traveling to Bangkok on Friday, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn told a news conference.

Authorities are monitoring a number of people who came in contact with the man, including his son.

Thailand’s first MERS case was another man from Oman last year who survived the disease.

MERSMERS is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered China’s deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

MERS was first identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.The majority of cases have been in the Middle East.


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