Health Department of Guangdong Province announces this afternoon (May 28) that the province has the first case of imported Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) case.
WHO announced yesterday (May 27) that a Korean who had contact with MERS virus entered Huizhou, east Guangdong, via Hong Kong. The Health Department of Huizhou sent the Korean man early this morning to hospital and started treatment in isolation. The man has symptom of fever at present. 35 people are reported to have contact with this Korean man, and none of them have MERS symptom so far.
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. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.