Thailand confirmed its second case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus yesterday.
In a news conference Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn confirmed that a 71-year-old Omani traveling to Bangkok on Friday, was infected of MERS.
“After taking a taxi to a hotel, he was checked for the virus at a hospital and the MERS virus was found,” the minister said.
“This case was found immediately, so the public shouldn’t panic,” the minister added.
The man’s son who was traveling with him as well as 37 others were being monitored.
It can be recalled that Thailand’s first MERS case was detected last year in a businessman from Oman who survived the disease.
MERS is caused by a coronavirus from the same family of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which infected a total of 8,098 people worldwide during its outbreak in 2003. Of these, 774 died according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The first case of MERS in humans was identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and the majority of cases have been in the Middle East.