Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has affirmed that there are no patients in the country diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV), while urging the public to exercise precautions on health and sanitation.

Department of Disease Control (DDC)’s Deputy Director-General Opart Karnkawinpong has revealed that the MOPH has executed strategies to prevent the outbreak of MERS-CoV.

Hospitals will be placed under monitoring for the MERS-CoV outbreak, while on the provincial level there have been preparations to handle the situation if an outbreak occurs. He added that the MOPH has been informing the public and travellers on this issue.

He said that Thailand has been monitoring the spread of MERS-CoV continuously for the past 2-3 years, where approximately 20 suspected patients turned out to be only infected by the general influenza virus.

The MERS-CoV virus is currently found in 20 countries, with the latest fatalities reported in the Republic of Korea. The severity of the spread does not demand travel restrictions, according to the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).-VNA