How to protect oneself from MERS

On June 23, 2015, the Ministry of Health, Thailand has announced the situation report on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), after the first case of virus was confirmed last week in the country. The report states that there is no risk of MERS infection for people in Thailand. Concern are for those who has to travel to countries with endemic.

In such case the general practices for people are:

1. Avoid close contact with respiratory disease patient or those who are with coughing or sneezing symptoms.

2. Follow the principle for good hygiene, consuming well-cooked and warm food, using a separate spoon for sharing food and washing hands often with soap.

3. When having these symptoms, fever, cough, sneezing, nasal discharge and sore throat, avoid close contact with others. Cover the mouth and nose with tissue paper when coughing or sneezing. Discard used tissue paper in a closed bin and wash hands. Wear hygiene mask. For those who traveled to affected areas, if having mentioned symptoms, go to see the doctor or health care personnel in the area and inform them of your travel history.

4. People who has fever or cough but did not expose to the affected area has no need to overly concern. Go to see the doctor or contact DDC Hotline 1422 for 24 hours. News and updates can be followed on Facebook page, “ไทยสู้เมอร์ส”.

For more information see Situation Report on 23 June 2015.