LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

Five Thai Haj Pilgrims Suspected To Have MERS Upon Return From Saudi Arabia

BANGKOK -- Five Thai Haj pilgrims who have returned to southern Thailand from Saudi Arabia have been suspected of having been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's Xinhua news agency reported a public health official as saying.

According to Dr Suvit Thammapalo, head of the Ministry of Public Health's provincial health office in Hat Yai, about 950km south of Bangkok, the five Haj pilgrims had undergone an initial medical check-up at Hat Yai international airport.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the MERS might influence those Muslim villagers within a 14-day period, Dr Suvit said.

The suspected MERS patients were among a total of 289 pilgrims who had undergone the medical check-up at Hat Yai airport after they had returned from the Middle East.

MERS patients may obviously have coughs, high fevers and difficulties with breathing, he said.