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No new suspected MERS cases reported

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 20) reported that no suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had been notified from noon yesterday (July 19) to noon today.

     "The public, in particular those with chronic illnesses, should avoid unnecessary travel to Korea. Travellers in Korea and the Middle East should avoid unnecessary visits to health-care facilities," a spokesman for the CHP said.

     Locally, the DH's surveillance with public and private hospitals, practising doctors and at boundary control points is firmly in place. Inbound travellers with fever or lower respiratory symptoms who recently visited Korea or the Middle East will be classified as suspected MERS cases and taken to public hospitals for isolation and management until their specimens test negative for MERS-Coronavirus.

     "Travellers to the Middle East should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, and avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry. We strongly advise travel agents organising tours to the Middle East to abstain from arranging camel rides and activities involving direct contact with camels, which are a known risk factor for acquiring MERS," the spokesman said.

     Travellers to affected areas should maintain vigilance, adopt appropriate health precautions and take heed of personal, food and environmental hygiene. The public may visit the pages below for more information and health advice:

* The CHP's MERS page (;
* MERS statistics in affected areas (;
* The list of hospitals with confirmed MERS case(s) announced by Korea (;
* The MERS page of the DH's Travel Health Service (;
* The CHP Facebook Page (;
* The CHP YouTube Channel (; and
* The World Health Organization's latest news (

     Tour leaders and tour guides operating overseas tours are advised to refer to the CHP's health advice on MERS (

Ends/Monday, July 20, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:54


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