MERS workshop – Taiwan will host the workshop next week along with the United States.
The workshop will mainly focus on the diagnosis and testing of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. A panel of four disease control experts from the United States will give presentations on related issues during the event, which will be held in southern city of Tainan from August 12-14.
The workshop will be attended by a number of medical experts and public health workers especially from the Asia-Pacific region. About 20 experts from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to take part in the MERS workshop.
The workshop is the first joint venture between Taiwan and the United States since both the nations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 1st of June this year. Both the countries are hoping to extend cooperation in areas of global public health, environmental protection, science and technology, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and other issues of mutual concern.
The news of the MERS workshop came two weeks after the South Korean government declared an end of MERS outbreak in the country, which caused 36 fatalities and thousands of infections. The outbreak had terrible effects on the South Korean economy. South Korea reported its first confirmed case of MERS in late May, a 68 year-old man who visited Bahrain.
Taiwan took series of precautionary measures during the outbreak in South Korea to combat MERS. Thus, no infections have been reported in the island. Recently, Taiwan and the United States have jointly launched a program in Tainan to help train medical professionals in the Asia-Pacific region to combat the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 10,000 people across West Africa. IMAGE/focustaiwan.tw