MERS: Malaysia to step up screening an entry points

2015-06-22 12:39
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Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia will step up health screenings after the first case of Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was reported in neighbouring Thailand last week, state media reported on Monday.

The south-east Asian country that shares a 600km border with Thailand said it would begin monitoring at all entry points, the Bernama news agency said.

"We have been monitoring the body temperatures of arrivals at all international airports, now we are going further to include all entry points," it quoted Deputy Health Minister Hilmi Yahaya as saying.

Hilmi said visitors would also be briefed on precautions to avoid being infected by the disease, which has claimed 27 lives in South Korea in the past month.

Hilmi said that while Malaysia remains MERS-free, it is not taking any chances, especially since the detection of the case in Thailand.

MERS was first detected in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and most of the infected peole were from the Middle East.

South Korea is facing an outbreak since a man was diagnosed after returning from the Middle East on May 20. Authorities have confirmed 172 cases, and 27 deaths.

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