Thailand’s Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin officially confirmed its first case of MERS on Friday, as the highly contagious virus continued to spread further from the Middle East into eastern Asia.
The Health Minister said a man was diagnosed with MERS after he traveled to Thailand from a Middle Eastern country on June 15th.
He was in stable condition as of FRiday and was being treated in a private hospital in Bangkok.
The Thai case marks the 26th country with confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome cases since the disease was first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
The patient was a medical tourist who had traveled to Thailand to receive treatment for heart disease. It was not disclosed what country the man comes from or had recently visited.