Russian transiting in UAE quarantined in Vietnam on MERS fears

By Gia Binh, Thanh Nien News

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A Russian tourist who transited in the UAE has been quarantined in Da Lat since Tuesday (June 23) with suspected MERS after she was found having high fever.
Her boyfriend was allowed to stay with her in the quarantine area at the Lam Dong General Hospital, Dr Dong Si Quang of the provincial Department of Health said.
The 24-year-old woman said she arrived in Vietnam 10 days ago and has been in Da Lat for three days when she went to the Hoan My Da Lat Hospital Tuesday morning with high temperature and a sore throat.
Nguyen Ba Hy, the director of the Lam Dong General Hospital, said samples have been sent to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City for testing.
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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