Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 311-

Emerging MERS: Do public health personnel know about it and prepare well to counter it?


Viroj Wiwanitkit, Wasana Kaewla 
 Department of Public Health, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Wasana Kaewla
Department of Public Health, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Emerging MERS: Do public health personnel know about it and prepare well to counter it?.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:311-311


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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Emerging MERS: Do public health personnel know about it and prepare well to counter it?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Feb 20 ];8:311-311
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Dear Sir,

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is an important emerging infection that is already a worldwide public health concern. The year 2015 saw the emergence of MERS in East and Southeast Asia. [1],[2] The infection emerged in Korea, China, and Thailand and it has become a burning issue in public health. In Thailand, the first documented case occurred in June 2015. Here, the authors report a simple survey on local public health workers. The authors have raised the following two questions:

Do you think you have complete knowledge on MERS?Do you think you are well prepared for MERS?

The questions were posted on the Facebook group of Master's Degree of Science (Public Health), Surin Rajabhat University when the disease newly emerged in Thailand. After 2 weeks, the authors collected the replies. Interestingly, there was no reply indicating that public health workers had complete knowledge on MERS or that they were well-prepared for MERS. Based on this fact, it is interesting to note that despite the importance of the emerging disease and the public health ministry doing its best to provide information to local public health workers, they have not exhibited the best knowledge and attitude. In responding to any new emerging disease, a good plan and a system to check the compliance of public health workers while treating the disease are very important.

References

1Butler D. South Korean MERS outbreak spotlights lack of research. Nature 2015;522:139-40.
2Hui DS, Perlman S, Zumla A. Spread of MERS to South Korea and China. Lancet Respir Med 2015. [Epub ahead of print].