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City activates surveillance against MERS

Updated: 2015-06-15

 

Changsha’s disease control department said that it has launched surveillance against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the city, local media reported on June 15.

 

Some residents in Changsha have been concerned about the deadly disease which recently broke out in South Korea, where the death toll has risen to 16 according to Agence France Presse. Changsha, which has frequent business and tourism exchanges with both South Korea and the Middle East, has high risks of imported and secondary cases of MERS.

 

The local disease control center has reassured residents that they have activated epidemic situation surveillance and strengthened emergency preparedness. The city’s public health bureau officially released a special work plan for crisis response, emergency procedure, and medical treatment of MERS in the city. Suspected cases should be reported within 2 hours, according to the plan.

 

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.

 

Source: Xiaoxiang Morning