Health Ministry gave a clean bill of health to the one man in all of Thailand who was the known case of the deadly MERS virus. A 75-year-old Omani citizen was declared free of infection on Friday.
Health officials conducted five laboratory tests on the man, living little chance for the virus to go unchecked, and all five showed negative results. The most recent test was conducted this Wednesday. The ministry released a statement stating that health experts on MERS have determined that he is no longer a MERS patient.
Official even checked the relatives of the man and none seem to be infected with the disease.
The 75-year-old was suffering from a heart condition and had traveled to Bangkok for treatment; there he was diagnosed with MERS. He was immediately quarantined at the ministry’s infectious diseases facility.
Currently the man has been off the ventilator for the past five days and is breathing normally, but his condition is very weak, officials are hopeful that it will improve.
They said that his lung X-rays show much better results and he is able to walk on his own as well.
South Koreans have witnessed a total of 181 people being affected with MERS; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
MERS belongs to the same family of viruses as SARS and the common cold. There have been more than 1,200 MERS cases and 400 deaths from the virus worldwide.
Questions are now being raised at the ministries ability to control the disease as new cases are coming into the limelight.
MERS can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure. Most of the deaths in South Korea have been of people suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, such as respiratory problems or cancer.