Vietnam’s Health Ministry has ordered tightened medical screenings at border gates after South Korea reported its first case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The ministry asked local authorities to pay special attention to people with high risks of getting infected, including workers and tourists having physical contact with camels in the Middle East, which are believed to be an agent spreading the virus.
The potentially deadly virus is similar to the one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2002-2003 and killed some 800 people in 30 countries, including five in Vietnam.
It was first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
There have been a total of 1,142 cases of the virus worldwide and 465 have died, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Of the fatalities, 428 have been in Saudi Arabia.
South Korea became the 25th country with confirmed cases of the virus after a 68-year-old patient fell sick this month after visiting Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Malaysia and the Philippines also reported infections earlier.
Health experts said people vulnerable to MERS infection are patients with diabetes, kidney failure, chronic lung congestion and immune disorders.