I'd like to bet that this will be the new health scam/test when entering Cambodia. Only $1 ! (On land border crossings.) After malaria, SARS and ebola...On Tuesday, South Korea reported the first two deaths from the outbreak of Mers, an illness that is thought to originate in bats, and is passed on to humans by camels. It can trigger respiratory infections that can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.
South Korea has confirmed five more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30.
The health ministry announced the new incidences of the virus on Wednesday, amid fears that the disease, which can be fatal, appears to be spreading.
Of the five new cases, four had been in the same hospital as the first patient, a 68-year-old man who had recently travelled to four countries in the Middle East, Reuters reported. ..
Mers is a relatively new disease, and was first identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is believed to be caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.
Yet Mers has a much higher death rate than SARS, and there is no cure or vaccine.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 93714.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Oh, and watch those camels, General
Mers Virus Checks For All Foreigners Entering Thailand Via Poipet
Health officials started screening tourists entering Thailand from Cambodia via the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint from today to keep dirt and disease out the country following nasty outbreaks of the deadly Mers virus in China, Korea and the Middle East.
All foreigners, including Europeans, Asians and Middle Easterners who come over the border from Poipet will have their temperature taken and anyone with an usually high reading will be examined to determine the cause.
If they are found to be carrying some virus or other then they will … will … be sent back across the border into Cambodia? Given medical help? Shot on the spot? I can’t answer as the Thairath article didn’t say.
Immigration say over 1,000 people a day use the Aranyaprathet land crossing to enter Thailand and I’m guessing these new health checks will mean longer, much longer, processing times for travelers if they are screening every last person who comes over the border.
Not to mention all the people who are sweating like a glass blowers arse standing in line under the scorching sun who will likely top the acceptable 37C reading, meaning they will need to hang about with all the other sweaty Betty’s until a doctor gives them the all-clear.
Happy days for border runners using this crossing.
http://www.stickboybangkok.com/news/mer ... ia-poipet/
Images via thairath.co.th
I hope they are asking them silly questions like "Have you recently been in proximity to a camel ?"Health officials started screening tourists entering Thailand from Cambodia via the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint from today to keep dirt and disease out the country following nasty outbreaks of the deadly Mers virus in China, Korea and the Middle East.
Pretty sure that this will take off in Cambodia as well.
@Grinch - have been asked $1 for "health check" on land borders from Laos and Vietnam. Didn't pay, and I got treated as a malaria-carrying scurge at the Laos border. LOL: "You bring malaria to my country, not good." Yeah right.
Never been asked for money at Pochentong, just more forms to fill in.
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