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Quarantined Russian tourist tests negative for MERS

Released at: 15:36, 24/06/2015

Quarantined Russian tourist tests negative for MERS

Local healthcare authorities hold woman in isolation but clear her of carrying the virus.

by Doanh Doanh

Health officials in the central highlands province of Lam Dong have quarantined a female Russian tourist suspected of carrying the MERS virus.

According to Ministry of Health, the latest health check, conducted this afternoon, was negative.

The 24-year-old tourist and her friend arrived in Da Lat three days ago. She has been in the country for ten days and is believed to have transited airports in the United Arab Emirates and Thailand en-route to Vietnam.

She visited the Hoan My Hospital in Da Lat on Tuesday for a health check after developing a fever and a sore throat the day before.

Hoan My Hospital reported her case to the provincial health department, which ordered her transfer to Lam Dong General Hospital for isolation and further examination.

Vietnam has raised the alert over the MERS virus (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) given the continuing epidemic in South Korea, the largest outside of Saudi Arabia.

South Korea today confirmed it has found 179 cases, with 27 fatalities, since the first person fell ill early last month after returning from a business trip to the Middle East.

The Ministry of Health’s examination and treatment department has set up a hotline, on 0984 371 919, for information relating to the disease.

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