Indonesia claims no positive MERS cases

May 10, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghufron Mukti said Friday (May 9th) Indonesia has yet to detect a positive case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and no travel restrictions have been mandated, local media reported.

Ali said they are awaiting laboratory results of suspected cases detected in Medan, Antara News reported.

Meanwhile, Sri Purwati, head of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's quarantine department, said Thursday they had found seven people suspected of being infected since the beginning of the year, according to The Jakarta Post. She said all subsequently tested negative for MERS.

"If a passenger arriving from the Middle East is suffering from a cough, flu-like symptoms or has a fever above 38 degrees Celsius, we declare them as suspected carriers," she said.

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