Russian tourist in Vietnam tests negative for MERS

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Vietnam's airports have been screening temperature of passengers from countries with MERS. File photo Vietnam's airports have been screening temperature of passengers from countries with MERS. File photo

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A Russian woman, quarantined in Da Lat as a suspected case of MERS, has tested negative for the virus, health officials said this afternoon.
The 24-year-old tourist was put into quarantine yesterday after she showed such symptoms as high temperature, fatigue and muscle cramps.
She had transited in the UAE before arriving in Vietnam 10 days ago. She has been in the Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat since June 20.
Her blood test, which was conducted by the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute, showed negative for the virus, the Preventive Health Department said in a statement.
As a result, she is no longer quarantined and will receive consultation and treatment for normal diseases, said the department on its website.
Vietnam has raised an alert over the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) given the continuing epidemic in South Korea, the largest outside Saudi Arabia.
South Korea Wednesday confirmed 179 cases including 27 deaths since the first person fell sick early last month after returning from a business trip to the Middle East.
More than 13,000 people in South Korea have been quarantined and 11,210 of them have been cleared after showing no symptoms for two weeks, the incubation period for the disease.
MERS-Cov was first reported in Saudi Arabia in September 2012 and has infected at least 1,348 people, killing 479, in 27 countries.
Vietnam has not reported any infections so far. Several suspected cases were tested but all proved negative.
The Ministry of Health’s examination and treatment department has set up a hotline at 0984 371 919 for information related to the disease.
The Hanoi health department is offering MERS consultation in English at 0969 082 115 and in Korean at 0949 396 115.

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