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Hospitals on alert for cases of Middle East respiratory virus

Published on Apr 16, 2014 7:30 PM
 
A Saudi medical staff and a security guard stand at the emergency department of Jeddah's King Fahd Hospital, which was closed by the authorities after two health workers were infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers). Hospitals in Singapore are on the alert for any cases of Mers following Malaysia's first confirmed victim of this infectious disease. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Hospitals in Singapore are on the alert for any cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers) following Malaysia's first confirmed victim of this infectious disease.

A Ministry of Health (MOH) statement on Wednesday said it is "closely monitoring this latest development and is in close contact with our (Malaysian) counterparts".

It added that while Singapore has not seen any Mers here, "given today's globalised travel patterns, the possibility of an imported case here cannot be ruled out".

Local hospitals are testing all patients with severe respiratory illness and who have been to the Middle East recently.

 
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