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Thailand Confirms 2nd MERS Case

  • VOA News

Thailand has confirmed its second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

The Public Health Ministry said Sunday the disease has been detected in a 71-year-old Omani man who arrived in Bangkok Friday.

Authorities are monitoring a number of people who came in contact with the man, including his son.

Thailand’s first MERS case was another man from Oman last year who survived the disease.

MERS is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered China's deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

MERS was first identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.The majority of cases have been in the Middle East.