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KTO Releases MERS Prevention Information

The Korean Tourism Organization has released information on advised preventive and corrective measures for safe travel in Korea.

Overview of MERS and Symptoms

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). *MERS have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula.

* Major symptoms Fever or hyperthermia over 38Cough Shortness of breath

Prevention of Infection

- Avoid heavy crowds and places with dense population. Wear a surgical mask if necessary.

- Avoid touching patients with respiratory disease or relating symptoms.

- Keep hands clean, brush your teeth regularly and maintain good hygiene.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

- Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.

MERS Hotline 043-719-7777

or 1330 Korea Travel Hotline – Language assistance (English, Chinese, Japanese) / 24-hours (open all year round)

Suspected cases or inquiries of significant cases will be answered by the staff and guided to a hospital with foreign language services.


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