First Post One of Thailand's leading hospitals, known for treating medical tourists, said on Friday it had received the country's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as authorities said it had taken nearly four days to confirm the illness. by Pracha Hariraksapitak, Jutarat Skulpichetrat, Ju-min Park, and Tony Munroe via Reuters
'Thailand said on Thursday a 75-year-old businessman from Oman, who
had travelled to Bangkok for medical treatment for a heart condition,
had tested positive for MERS.
came just as an outbreak in South Korea that began last month and has
infected 166 people, killing 24 of them, appeared to be levelling off.
high-end Bumrungrad Hospital, run by Thailand's second-largest hospital
operator, identified the first MERS case. The hospital in central
Bangkok treats over a million patients a year, about half of them
'"The patient came to us tired,
coughing ... there was no fever," a doctor from the private hospital
told a televised news conference. "So we X-rayed his chest ... we found
that he could have two things, a heart condition or the MERS virus."'