A 71-year-old Omani man who traveled to Thailand last week has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is the second case in Thailand to be confirmed, according to Reuters.


The first case reported was a 75-year-old Omani who traveled to Thailand June 2015.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said the current case was referred to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute on Saturday laboratory testing by the Medical Science Department confirmed he had contracted MERS.

The patient is now under quarantine as Thai health officials search for contacts. They will be kept under close surveillance for 14 days.

To date, the World Health Organization says they have been notified of 1,626 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV (globally), including 586 deaths.

Since September 2012, 26 countries have reported cases of MERS-CoV.