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Mid-East visitors face health check

Update: June, 24/2014 - 09:11
The Ministry of Health will require all passengers entering Viet Nam from nine Middle East countries to fill in a medical declaration form at airports from July 1. — Photo tienphong

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Health will require all passengers entering Viet Nam from nine Middle East countries to fill in a medical declaration form at airports from July 1.

This is part of measures to cope with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that has caused an increasing number of fatalities around the world.

Deputy Head of the ministry's Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said at an online meeting on disease prevention and control yesterday that there was a high risk the coronavirus could enter Viet Nam from the Middle East.

He said Viet Nam was so far free of the disease.

The declaration form will apply to those arriving from Saudi Arabia, Qata, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran.

The forms will be available at the three international airports, Tan Son Nhat in HCM City, Noi Bai in Ha Noi and Da Nang in the central city of Da Nang.

Centres for Health Quarantine in the same three cities will distribute the forms to passengers from the Middle East.

Health quarantine staff will examine the declaration forms. If any passengers have fever, are coughing or have breathing difficulties, health workers will request them to stay in isolation.

According to the World Health Organisation statistics, by June 16, about 700 people from 22 Middle East nations had been diagnosed with MERS-CoV, including 249 deaths.

MERS is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.

Most people who have the infection develop severe acute respiratory illness accompanied by fever, coughing and shortness of breath. — VNS

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