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MoH to tighten monitoring over MERS

Update: September, 12/2018 - 07:00
Staff check the body temperatures of passengers at Nội Bài International Airport. — VNA/VNS Photo Hữu Việt
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) is collaborating with the World Health Organisation to monitor MERS and produce efficient solutions to prevent the disease after South Korea recorded a case on Saturday.

According to the MoH, there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Therefore, people are warned to proactively protect themselves from infection when travelling abroad, monitor their physical conditions after trips and contact medical facilities if any symptoms are detected.

According to the General Department of Preventative Medicine, Middle East respiratory syndrome, which is commonly known as MERS, is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (CoV). It was first found in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Symptoms vary from fever, cough, and shortness of breath to pneumonia. The mortality rate can reach 35 to 40 per cent. — VNS

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