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30 July 2015
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome  

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

The Serious Response Level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is activated

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), formerly known as novel coronavirus (NCoV), is a coronavirus which has not been identified in humans before and is different from any coronaviruses (including SARS-coronavirus) that have been found in humans or animals.

For details, please refer to the factsheet of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Affected areas of MERS

The affected areas of MERS include the Arabian Peninsula and its neighboring countries (including Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Yemen). So far, over 95% of the confirmed cases were reported by Middle East countries. For the remaining cases, most of them either acquired the infection in the Middle East during travel or work, or through close contact with another patient who acquired the infection in Middle East. Moreover, there has been an outbreak of MERS in Korea since the end of May 2015 with transmissions mainly occurred in healthcare facilities.

Travel Health Advice

The Department of Health advises the public to avoid unnecessary travel to Korea, in particular, those with chronic illnesses. Travellers in Korea and the Middle-East should avoid unnecessary visit to healthcare facilities. Travellers in the Middle-East should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, and avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry.

Situation update of MERS in Korea




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Centre for Health Protection
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Hotline : 2125 1111
Monday - Sunday  : 9am to 6pm

Important Notice: As the situation is dynamic and subject to new discoveries and changes, the Centre for Health Protection is liaising with the World Health Organization for updated information. The Centre will closely monitor the global situation, conduct epidemiological assessment, and update the information accordingly.

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