Mers suspected in Johor village, 64 quarantined
Published on Apr 17, 2014 7:31 PM
BATU PAHAT (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - As many as 64 residents in Kampung Bintang in Johor will be quarantined for a week after some showed symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (Mers-CoV).
Some 100 villagers from the village, where the first Malaysian victim who succumbed to the virus came from, underwent a special screening to detect the virus here on Thursday.
Johor Health and Environment executive committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said a special centre has been set up in the village to screen the villagers for the virus.
"This is the first such case in Malaysia, and we take this matter seriously. That is why we are taking steps to screen the villagers to prevent the virus from spreading," he said at a press conference.
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