HCM CITY (VNS) — Preventive methods against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) caused by the Corona virus are being taken by HCM City authorities.
The deputy head of the city's Health Department, Nguyen Huu Hung, told Viet Nam News last week that Viet Nam had not seen any cases yet, but preventive methods were being taken.
The city's International Health Quarantine Centre is using remote temperature measuring machines at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Sai Gon Port to detect people with abnormally high temperatures.
Passengers coming from or stopping en route in countries where the MERS-CoV has spread will be tested.
People with suspected symptoms of MERS-CoV could be taken to hospitals, and if infected, would be given medicine.
MERS-CoV's symptoms are similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), including fever, cough and shortness of breath.
However, many people infected with the MERS-CoV have shown no symptoms.
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
About 30 per cent of the people who have contracted the MERS-CoV infection have died.
The virus can be spread through close contact; for example, someone who cares for or lives with an infected person.
However, there has been no evidence of sustained spread in community settings.
The World Health Organisation on May 23 reported that 635 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infections had occurred globally. Of that figure, 193 were fatalities. — VNS