Dept. of Disease Control monitors S. Koreans attending convention in Thailand


BANGKOK, 12 June 2015 – The Department of Disease Control has deployed a team of medical personnel to monitor South Korean participants attending the Asia Pacific Herbalife Extravaganza 2015, as a precautionary measure against the outbreak of MERS in Thailand.

Department Director-General Sophon Mekthanon, the organizer of this event, has previously consulted with his agency on how to prevent the outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease in Thailand.

The event is taking place today at Impact Muang Thong Thani Challenger Hall 1-2 until June 14. Around 20,000 people are expected to attend this event. 4,000 of them are said to come from South Korea.

As the precautionary measure, the department has installed thermo-scans inside the venue. Participants are encouraged to report to the health staff, if anyone is showing signs of flu-like symptoms.

The Director-General downplayed the risk of infection at the event and told the public that his department is only following routine safety procedures.

He pointed out that despite the increasing number of MERS patients, they have exclusively contracted in hospitals. So far, no Thais have reportedly been infected with MERS in Thailand.