As millions of people prepare to go for Hajj each year, it is imperative for strict health measures to be kept into check so that disease are not allowed to brought inside the country. Thailand will impose such strict health measures on Muslims wanting to go for Hajj, to stop the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers).
Mers is a viral respiratory infection. The first patient who contracted this disease showed a history of a 7 day cough, fever, expectoration and shortness of breath. Diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain has also been reported by people affected by this disease.
More than 10,000 Muslims will embark on the journey from Thailand to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this September. This is the holiest site in Islam and it is mandatory for every Muslim to perform hajj at least once in their lifetime.
The Public Health Ministry’s Secretary’s office ( who asked not to be names) said that they have no plans of creating any hindrances but will take all precautionary measures required to deal with their safe journey to and fro.
The precautionary measures require all pilgrims to vaccinate for flu and yellow fever before they leave the country. Thailand will also be sending ministry doctors to accompany the pilgrims and make sure they quarantine on their return.
After the return of the pilgrims, they will be monitored for a month for any signs of Mers, and if found any they will be put into immediate isolation.
Thailand got its first Mers scare last week, when a medical touriosts from Oman was discovered to have the symptoms of the virus. He was immediately quarantined at an infectious disease hospital.
Three of the travelers with him were also moved into isolation, but so far all their tests have show up negative.