China on High Alert for Virus Outbreak
Over the past week China step up its alert against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS as a South Korean national the first patient is recovering at the hospital. The country is on high alert for the outbreak as the annual pilgrimage of Chinese citizens to Saudi Arabia is fast approaching
Medical institutions are strengthening its monitoring of fever and pneumonia cases with unknown causes in order to detect, isolate then diagnose MERS patients as soon as possible. Provincial capitals and port cities will be selecting hospitals to send MERS suspected patients and emergency centers will have ambulances that meet requirements for respiratory infectious disease prevention. China also updates and improved the 2014 guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of MERS. Quarantine and inspection along with the health and tourism authorities renewed a circular that will prevent MERS cases from entering the country.
The circular is requiring those countries and regions with MERS to report any outbreak activity to quarantine and inspection authorities when they are experiencing fever, cough or have difficulty in breathing. A temperature monitoring area at the Entry Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau a information board is erected with instructions in both Chinese and English to remind those with the said symptoms to report their conditions to the proper authorities as soon as possible.