The Public Health Ministry has ordered its 53 health provincial offices to set up a disease surveillance system for the risk of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand.
Public health deputy permanent secretary Wachira Pengchan said the risk of the disease making its way into Thailand is possible because about 18,000 people from Middle East countries travel in the country and about 14,000 Thai Hajj pilgrims and other Thai tourists left for the Middle East region last month.
The Thai Hajj pilgrims travelled from 53 provinces where Muslims live, particularly in the South.
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