Archive MERS: UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia...

MERS: UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia after new case confirmed in Thailand


- Advertisment -
CSBS news Desk
The United Nations health agency cautioned South-East Asia States last week to remain vigilant against the continuing risks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) after Thailand confirmed the sometimes fatal disease in a traveller, its second case in seven months.
Director, South-East Asia region of World Health Organization (WHO) said that ‘the new case of MERS CoV is a reminder of the continued risk of importation of the disease from countries where it still persists.’
“All countries need to further enhance surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections, focus on early diagnosis, and step up infection prevention and control procedures in health-care facilities to rapidly detect any case of importation and effectively prevent its spread.” He said further.
A 71-year -old Omani, who arrived in Bangkok for treatment on 22 January and was admitted to a private hospital, tested positive for MERS and has since been transferred to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. Measures are being taken to trace all those who could have been in his contact during his journey to Thailand, and within Bangkok.
This is the second MERS case in Thailand, and in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Last June another Omani traveler in Bangkok tested positive. South-East Asia countries have recently been reviewing and strengthening preparedness to respond to MERS.
WHO, which is supporting regional Health Ministries in building capacities and strengthening preparedness, has called for ensuring that strict infection control measures are in place.
MERS CoV is caused by a virus. Typical symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common, but not always present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, have also been reported.
The disease was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, from where the majority of cases have been reported. Since then more than 1,333 cases have been reported from 26 countries. In the Republic of Korea, there have been 166 cases, 24 of them fatal.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Our Security Template Focuses On Communal Collaboration, Honesty, Synergy – Gov. Bello

….says he doesn’t visit Abuja for solution to security challenges Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has revealed that the successes...

2021 World Education Day: ActionAid Nigeria Calls For Increase Allocation To Education From 15% – 20%

As the World marks the 2021 International Education Day, a Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO), ActionAid Nigeria, has called for an...

COVID-19: Bill Gates backs Yahaya Bello’s position on need to invest in healthcare

Mayowa Adeniran|  The recent position of one of the world's richest, Bill Gates, has corroborated the agitations of Kogi State...

JONAPWD-LAGOS Commends Sanwo-Olu For Restoring Disability Empowerment Fund

Kenneth Afor |  The Joint National Association of Persons Living With Dissabilities (JONAPWD ) in Lagos state has commanded Babajide...

Groups Call On Judicial Panels Of Inquiry To Dispense Justice On Victims, Survivors Of Police Brutality

Kenneth Afor | The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) and Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN Foundation) has...

COVID-19 Second Wave: FG Urged To Ban Flights From Britain, Others

By Ijeoma Ukazu | With some countries currently experiencing the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, the Health Writers’ Association...

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

%d bloggers like this: