MERS patient in Thailand shows positive recovery

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NONTHABURI, 27 June 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Heath reports that Thailand’s only MERS patient has shown positive signs of recovery, adding that no new cases have been found.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has issued the daily report on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) situation in Thailand, confirming that the number of MERS infection in the country remains at one person. The only MERS patient is a 75 year-old Omani man who is now receiving treatment at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.

The patient is reported to be showing positive signs of recovery and can now eat by himself. All 36 other persons who have been in direct contact with the patient are now being monitored for their conditions under a time frame of 14 days.

The suspected individuals under monitor are three relatives of the patients, 14 passengers seated in the forward and backward rows of the patient in the same flight, 2 taxi drivers, and 17 medical staffs.

The MOPH is now asking the general public not to hold unofficial information regarding the MERS disease credible, as rumors are prone to disinformation. The general public and the media have been advised to verify their information before sharing them on social network or broadcasted through other channels. Official information can be accessed thought the Department of Disease Control 24-hour hotline 1422, and on the MERS Thai Facebook page.