Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Taiwan’s outlying island county of Kinmen is to hold a drill in a bid to keep the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at bay amid the scare over an outbreak of the epidemic in South Korea.
Kinmen lies a short distance from the Chinese mainland, where there was been a single imported case of MERS so far. As of Wednesday noon, the virus had infected 108 and killed nine people in South Korea.
The local health bureau said the drill will be held without warning at Kinmen Hospital, which will simulate a situation in which a 25-year old local man returning from mainland China via ferry service is sent to a nearby hospital after presenting with a fever and a cough.
At the hospital, simulations presenting five different scenarios throughout the infection control process — from the patient’s admission for treatment, taking samples for analysis, informing relevant authorities and imposing isolation in a negative pressure ward — will be staged, the bureau said. [FULL STORY]