No MERS case found in 2 northeastern provinces

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 28 June 2015 (NNT) – The Office of Disease Prevention and Control in Nakhon Ratchasima has confirmed there is no MERS patient in Buri Ram and Chaiyaphum provinces. A kindergarten in Buri Ram will resume on 29 June after a blood sample of a student who recently returned from Korea was negative for the virus.

Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control 5 in Nakhon Ratchasima M.D. Thirawat Walaisathian said two people who had traveled back from Korea had been quarantined by a local hospital since 9 June 2015. Their blood tests showed that they were not infected with MERS, said the director.

The director said people in Chaiyaphum should not panic and ensured them of the office’s efficiency in controlling the virus.

In Buri Ram, four out of five people who were quarantined after returning from MERS-affected countries also tested negative for the virus. A 40-year-old woman who was on board the same plane with the first MERS patients in Thailand is still closely monitored by the Public Health Ministry.