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NO MERS Virus in Bangkok and Thailand

Last week, there was the news that a man was infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Bangkok. Of course the news spread like wild fire as the MERS case is ongoing in Middle East and South Korea.

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View of Bangkok skyline at Siam Siam Boutique Designer Hotel.

Measures were taken including quarantine of the 75 year old Omani man as well as the rest of the people who in contact with him. The Thai authorities were well prepared for the virus as Thailand is the regional tourist hub.

Yesterday evening, Tourism Authority of Thailand released the press release as below:

Issued at Bangkok at 22.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 29 June 2015

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today announced that a 75-year-old Omani man who became the country’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been declared free of the virus.

In the latest test result, the Ministry said they did not find the MERS virus in the patient, adding that man’s condition has gradually improved. He is now being treated for his heart conditions, the original reason for him to travel to Thailand.

The man’s three relatives who travelled with him to Thailand were also free of the virus, but will remain in the 14-day quarantine.

The Ministry is still monitoring 20 people who were exposed to Thailand’s first and only MERS patient, including 14 passengers on the same flight, two taxi drivers, and four medical personnel. All are in good health with lab test showing no MERS virus.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division

Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: [email protected]
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So far there is no one is infected with MERS virus in Bangkok and Thailand. The security is very strict in Bangkok International Airport as what I’ve experienced last week which is a positive note.

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