Six international airports placed on high alert for MERS-CoV

Thai health officials have now placed six international airports in the country on high alert following the rising cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea.

The Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) is now in close coordination with the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases to monitor passengers coming into the country’s international airports from the Middle East and South Korea and those with records of having travelled to the said countries during the past two weeks.

The six major international airports in the country comprised of Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai Airports.

Health officials have each set up temperature monitoring stations at these airports  to monitor the possible entry of MERS-CoV disease among airline passengers.

At Suvarnabhumi airport health officials have installed three temperature sensitive cameras  and have issued orders for any passengers with symptoms of extreme fatigue, high fever, severe coughing and hyper ventilating or out of breath to be immediately examined.

Anyone with very high fever will be quarantined in accordance with the Bureau of General Communicable Disease’s guidelines.