Govt to Issue Advisory on Deadly MERS


New Delhi: Government will soon come out with detailed guidelines on various preventive measures for passengers arriving from or travelling to nations affected by MERS outbreak, a viral respiratory disease.

The advisory to be issued by the Union Health Ministry on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) will have various precautions and ‘dos and donts’ for travelers visiting and arriving from 26 odd countries especially the Gulf region as well as for the Haj pilgrims.

MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by novel coronavirus that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronavirus are large family of virus which can cause diseases ranging from common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

While the ‘dos’ as per the Health Ministry advise covering mouth and nose with handkerchief, washing hands with soaps, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth and avoiding crowded places amongst others, the ‘donts’ prescribe avoiding shaking hands or hugging while greeting and taking medicines without consulting physicians.

As per the Health Ministry, the typical MERS symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common but not always present while gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea have also been reported.
On the other hand Thailand recorded its first case of MERS.