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Jambi reports pilgrims infected with MERS

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi | Thu, October 30, 2014 | 04:25 pm

Two Jambi residents, who just returned from performing a haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, are reported to have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory disease caused by the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

They are undergoing medical treatment in an isolation facility at the Pinang Minang Masak pavilion of Raden Mattaher Hospital (RSUD), Jambi.

The pavilion'€™s head, Neli Wirlis, said the two pilgrims suspected of being infected with MERS-CoV were a married couple and were now undergoing intensive treatment.

To confirm MERS-CoV infection in the two patients, RSUD Raden Mattaher, together with the Jambi administration'€™s health agency, conducted laboratory testing.

'€œWe continue to give intensive treatment to the two patients while waiting for lab test results from Jambi Health Agency,'€ said Neli on Thursday.

The agency'€™s head of disease control and environmental health (P2PL) directorate, Kaswendi, said the married couple showed symptoms that were similar to MERS CoV infection shortly after they arrived in Jambi.

'€œThey developed a high fever, severe cough and are short of breath,'€ he said.

Dewi Juli Arta, a health official from the Haj Health Team at the Jambi Port Health Office, said the status of the two haj pilgrims was still '€œsuspected MERS-CoV'€, as it had not been confirmed yet.

'€œThey are suspected of having contracted MERS-like symptoms one day after a health checkup held at the Indonesian haj health post in Saudi Arabia prior to their departure,'€ said Dewi. (ebf)(+++)