MERS

TOURIST DIAGNOSED WITH MERS 5 DAYS AFTER VISITING SINGAPORE

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization issued a report detailing the travel itinerary of a 36 year-old Finnish man who had travelled to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Manila. The man was diagnosed with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome 5 days after his visit to Singapore. During his travels, the man had traveled to Penang before making his way to Manila. During this journey, he made a brief stop over in Singapore on 25th June.

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HEALTH MINISTRY: WE ARE NOT GOING TO SCREEN VISITORS FROM THAILAND YET DESPITE MERS CASE

MERS is such an infectious disease and South Korea already has 23 deaths. Why isn't the health ministry doing its part to screen visitors from Thailand since Singapore is a popular destination for Thai workers and we have a sizable Thai population who may have visitors from Thailand. Singapore is known to be "kiasu", so why can't we be "kiasu" for MERS? It's better to be safe than sorry!

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SICK PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WEAR FACE MASKS ARE IRRESPONSIBLE

I sat besides a teenager boy with running nose. I wanted to offer him some tissues but too bad my tissues like left last 1 piece. Too paisei to offer. Today I have sore throat liao. Tomorrow have to wear mask go out Hopefully those with cough/flu pls be responsible and wear a mask or just rest at home pls!

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[BREAKING] THAILAND HEALTH MINISTER CONFIRMS 1ST MERS CASE

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.

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SOUTH KOREA OFFERS TO PAY S$120,000 TO TOURISTS WHO DIE FROM MERS

In the wake of the worst disease epidemic to strike South Korea in decades, the South Korean government has come up with a desperate measure to soften the blow on the country's tourism industry. In an initiative that will begin next Monday (22nd June), the South Korean government will pay tourists S$4,039, as well as cover all medical and vacation expenses incurred by tourists if they contract the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). If the tourist succumbs to the disease, South Korea will pay 100 million won (S$120,000) to the family of the deceased tourist.

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FIRST CASE OF SUSPECTED MERS IN THAILAND

According to Thai media reports on Thursday, the first case of Middle East Respiratory Disease (MERS) was detected in the country. However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha refused to confirm the reports, saying that no MERS patient had been diagnosed in Thailand yet.

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IS SINGAPORE PREPARED FOR THE INEVITABLE MERS EPIDEMIC?

The hospital said so, Hsien Loong also said so. This is a true sign of being prepared for it. The hospitals are all well prepared and equipped with all the protocols in place. MOH has also started to screen passengers from South Korea. With the rapid spread of MERS there, we know that they have fouled up badly. We cannot do less than them. We have our experience with SARS and know exactly what to do.The govt is well prepared, are the people and commercial organizations well prepared as well?

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