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A matter of time before Mers hits Singapore

MOH points out risks associated with being an air travel hub, but says hospitals are vigilant and prepared

Published on May 18, 2014 6:54 AM
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

It could simply be a matter of time before Singapore gets its first case of Mers.

"Being an air travel hub, there is always the risk that eventually we will also report a case," said Dr Jeffery Cutter, director of the Health Ministry's communicable diseases division.

Already 18 countries have registered at least one patient with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), although the Middle East remains the worst affected.

From today, air travellers arriving from hot spots Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as other Mers-affected countries from the Gulf region will have their temperature screened.

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