Thailand's Lone MERS Patient Cleared of Virus

Thai patients wear protective masks against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as they enter the Bamrasbaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, 19 June 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

BANGKOK (DPA) — A 75-year-old Omani man who was Thailand's only known MERS patient has recovered, health officials said Monday.

The Ministry of Public Health said the latest tests on the patient showed up negative for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.

The man will be released from quarantine but monitored closely, said Sophon Mekthon, the ministry's head of disease control.

Sophon also said all people who came in contact with the patient had been accounted for, and that the ministry was monitoring 36 of them as a precaution.

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