Suspected MERS-CoV case shows negative test results

Suspected MERS-CoV case has negative test results.
Suspected MERS-CoV case has negative test results. | Courtesy of natureworld.com
The Center for Health Protection (CHP), a branch of the Department of Health (DH), recently announced that it has received negative test results from a suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) case.

Despite the negative test results, health professionals with the CHP encourage people to remain aware of the risks of contracting MERS-CoV. The general public must be especially aware of their health, safety and hygiene when traveling and also take precautions when they visit places that are considered at risk.

As of today, there are local DH surveillance posts in both private and public hospitals. Practicing doctors are stationed at boundary control points. People traveling to and from the Middle East with fevers or with lower respiratory symptoms are considered to be suspected MERS cases.

"Travelers to the Middle East should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry, and avoid unnecessary visits to healthcare facilities,” a CHP spokesperson said. “We strongly advise travel agents organizing tours to the Middle East to abstain from arranging camel rides and activities involving direct contact with camels, which are known risk factors for acquiring MERS-CoV.”

The negative case received preliminary testing by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP. There are further details available online.

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