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Taiwan's disease control institutions decide against MERS fever centers

Taiwan's disease control institutions decide against MERS fever centers

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) Taiwan's disease containment institutions said Sunday there is no need to set up independent fever detection centers to screen for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) but first-response medical staff must remain vigilant against the virus, which appears to be spreading in South Korea. At a medical conference in Taipei, Taiwan's Center for Disease Control (CDC) said MERS patients in South Korea are being treated at 24 hospitals, six of which have recorded internal transmissions of the virus. As the MERS outbreak South Korea continues to spread, Taiwan must prepare to implement containment measures, said the CDC, which was one of the three organizers of the conference for first-response and disease containment medical personnel. The other two organizers were the Infection Control Society of Taiwan and the Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan. The 250 medical personnel who attended the conference were advised to take greater precautions in treating patients who have recently traveled to the Middle East or South Korea, or have come into contact with camels or suspected MERS patients. Medical personnel were given a directive to quarantine and monitor patients suspected of being infected with MERS patients, and there were also given a course on the detection of MERS. Taiwan has not set up any independent fever detection centers since 2013, when it was hit by an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Noting that there have not been any MERS cases in Taiwan to date, the CDC said fever detection can be left to the hospitals and there is no need at the moment for special centers. (By Chen Ching-fang and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-22 00:56 GMT+08:00