Thailand confirmed its 1st Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) case today at a press conference. It is now the 4th Asian country to be infected with the deadly virus this year.

Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin told the media that the carrier was a 75 year-old Oman businessmen. The man had been travelling to Bangkok with 3 other family members for medical treatment of his heart condition but had unknowingly brought the virus to the country.

The businessman’s 3 other family members have been quarantined. 59 others are being monitored for the virus.

“The first day he came he was checked for the virus.” Rajata said. “From two lab tests we can confirm that the MERS virus was found.”

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