Via the Bangkok Post: Haj pilgrim hospitalised on Mers suspicion.
A Yala woman suspected of having contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has been hospitalised after returning from her Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Ms Parudoh Sengsor, 59, of tambon Lammai in Yala’s Muang district, was admitted to Yala Hospital on Tuesday after showing flu-like symptoms, Thai media reported.
The Muslim pilgrim had a high fever, cough and breathing difficulties after returning from Saudi Arabia on Oct 2. Her relatives decided to contact the provincial hospital to take her for treatment.
Most Mers cases have been diagnosed in the Middle East, primarily in Saudi Arabia. The Mers virus belongs to the family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which include both the common cold and Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. Sars killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003.
One case of Mers has been diagosed in Thailand. In July, an Omani man was successfully treated for the disease in Bangkok.