Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 80-

First Thai MERS case: Importance of travel medicine


Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




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Wiwanitkit V. First Thai MERS case: Importance of travel medicine.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:80-80


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Sir,

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is an important infection that can cause severe respiratory disease with high fatality. At first, this disease was confined to the Middle East. However, at present, it has spread to several countries around the world. [1] The outbreak of this disease in Korea has become a global public health issue. [2] The trend of its spread to other countries has been mentioned. In Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia, the first case of this disease was reported on June 18, 2015. The patient was a foreigner male who carried the disease to Thailand. He travelled by air from the Middle East to Thailand for a medical treatment and was admitted in a private hospital there. Following this, the symptoms of this infection was observed in Thailand. Disease control is presently being done, aiming for the control of this disease. In absence of a strict airport disease control, the disease can easily spread to a new setting that can lead to MERS outbreak. [3]

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