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[Notification for MERS Situation]

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[Notification for MERS Situation] 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 38℃
    • Cough
    • 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 for Tourists

  • ▶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 staffs and guided to hospital with foreign language services

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