Mers coronavirus: Thailand affected in turn

Mers coronavirus epidemic has spread to a new country in Asia, with the first cases confirmed Friday in Thailand where authorities have asked residents to “avoid panic.”
“The tests confirm that this is the Mers coronavirus,” said Rajata Rajatanavin, Health Minister, at a press conference.la sante en thailande
A native of Oman, this 75 year old man had arrived on June 15 to be treated for a heart problem in a large hospital in central Bangkok popular with patients from the Middle East to medical tourism in Thailand.
The three members of his family who accompanied him were also placed under observation in hospital Bamrasnaradura Bangkok, specializing in infectious diseases.
“When the man arrived at the private hospital, he was coughing and had difficulty breathing,” said Minister of Health.
“The Ministry of Health has followed the disease control procedures to prevent the epidemic,” assured in the evening Sunsern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the government, asking his fellow citizens to “avoid panic.”
The Thai authorities are seeking particular passengers were aboard the flight WY0815 Oman Air, on which the patient arrived on June 15
The epidemic of Mers coronavirus has killed 23 people so far in South Korea, and, according to WHO, China has reported one case – an infected person in South Korea – from the beginning of epidemic late May.
A German who died June 6 in Germany is so far the first fatal case of the year due to this disease in Europe.
Mers coronavirus is less contagious than the SARS virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which had nearly 800 deaths worldwide in 2003.
It nevertheless is no vaccine or treatment for this virus Seas, which has a mortality rate of about 35%, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
In Saudi Arabia, more than 950 people have been infected since 2012 and 412 have died. The outbreak in South Korea is already the largest outside Saudi Arabia.

– “Exemplary” Effort Seoul –

The WHO director Margaret Chan praised Thursday in Seoul “exemplary” efforts of the South Korean authorities after a first reaction labored to contain the epidemic.
The World Health Organization had harsh words this week about the management of the epidemic by the health authorities of the country, considering that their mistakes should serve as a “red flag” abroad.
After an initial reaction too slow, adequate measures have been put in place “very quickly and systematically” which has reduced the number of newly diagnosed cases, insisted Margaret Chan.
As a result “the epidemic Seas will be controlled (…) even if it might take a little longer than we would like,” she concluded.
In his criticisms echoed those growing population concerned, WHO had cited the “lack of knowledge” of health workers and the general public on the coronavirus and “inadequacies in infection control and measurement control in hospitals. ”
Patients have indeed often been hospitalized in crowded emergency rooms for long periods. The habit of South Koreans to visit several hospitals to get a second or even a third diagnosis, may also have played.
A total of 165 people were infected by the Mers coronavirus (respiratory syndrome Middle East) since diagnosis on May 20 of a patient returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
Of these 165 cases, 24 patients were declared cured, but 17 people are in a state described as unstable.
More than 6,700 people were quarantined Thursday while 4,500 others who had also been placed under observation were declared cured and allowed to leave the hospital.

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