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Task forces set up to tackle MERS

Released at: 09:04, 08/06/2015

Task forces set up to tackle MERS

Health Ministry instigates training for task forces in north, central, southern, and central highlands regions.

The Ministry of Health will organize an online training conference on the surveillance, treatment, and prevention of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on June 8.

On the evening of June 7 three Vietnamese people were quarantined after being suspected of carrying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Two in the north had recently returned from China and South Korea, while one in the south had visited Dubai. Test results were thankfully negative but the three are subject to ongoing monitoring.

On June 5 Vietnam set up four task forces to ward off the virus in the country and is now screening passengers’ temperatures at airports following the outbreak in South Korea, which has had 50 cases and five fatalities.

The task forces will be in charge of the northern, central, southern, and central highlands regions. They will quickly act to verify any information on suspected infections, quarantining patients for treatment and preventing the disease from spreading.

The country’s two major international airports, Hanoi’s Noi Bai and Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat, have been monitoring the temperatures of all passengers via remote devices.

Passengers from South Korea are also required to complete medical forms.

MERS is similar to the virus 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.

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