Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Major symptoms of MERS would be:
– Fever or hyperthermia over 38℃
– Shortness of breath
Well, I’m pretty sure many of you had heard about MERS spreading like wild-fire in Korea right now. I have friends and relatives asking if it is safe to travel there for a holiday since it’s the school term break.
To be honest, I wouldn’t advise to do so unless you are travelling for work purpose or couldn’t get a refund ticket/cancel the trip. (okay.. I admit i’m a kiasi person.. =/ )
Just a short posting, even Korea Embassy of Singapore had also posted a note regarding this issue (read here), stating that there is no travel advisory against travel to the Republic of Korea as well. 🙂
Just in case something happens or you ain’t feeling well, do keep a copy of the hotline numbers below for references too!
▶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
▶MERS Hotline for Tourists: dial 109 (from within Korea)
– Operating hours: 24/7 (free of charge)
– Language assistance in Korean and English
Meanwhile, stay strong Korea!