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Thailand Confirms Country’s First MERS Case

Agence France-Presse: Thailand confirms first MERS case as virus spreads in Asia
“Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia’s first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people…” (Apilaporn, 6/18).

Agence France-Presse: Omani MERS patient’s relatives tested for virus in Thailand
“Thai authorities on Friday said two relatives of an Omani man found to have MERS were being tested for the deadly virus in the kingdom…” (6/19).

Al Jazeera: Thailand confirms first case of deadly MERS virus
“…Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said on Thursday two laboratories had confirmed the results…” (6/18).

New York Times: Thailand: First MERS Case Confirmed
“…The man has been quarantined and is in stable condition, the minister said…” (6/18).

Reuters: Thailand confirms first MERS case: health ministry
“…The health minister said 59 others were being monitored for the virus, including three of the man’s relatives who traveled with him to Bangkok…” (Hariraksapitak/Lefevre, 6/18).

Reuters: MERS spreads to Thailand
“One of Thailand’s leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as authorities said it had taken nearly four days to confirm the illness…” (Lefevre, 6/19).

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