Prachuap Khiri Khan holds MERS handling drill

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 4 July 2015 – Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday held a drill to handle the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), aiming to prepare medical personnel and equipment in the coastal province for a possible outbreak.

The drill was arranged at the provincial hospital by the public health office of Prachuap Khiri Khan. The area is considered a risk zone to MERS due to a large number of foreign tourists including, among them, those travelling from the Republic of Korea and Middle East countries, which have been struck by MERS outbreak.

The drill offered an educational class on virus prevention, indoor-practicing skill, and workshops on tissue sample taking and how to use protective gear.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), MERS has already taken 484 lives, and infected 1,356 people in 26 countries as of June 26th. Thailand had one MERS-infected patient from Oman. He has recently been declared cured.