School trips to S Korea cancelled in light of MERS

All school trips to South Korea have been cancelled in the light of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) situation there, said the Ministry of Education yesterday.

It added that students and teachers from all schools who were there have since returned to Singapore.

Staff and students have been advised to monitor their own health for the next fortnight and seek medical attention if they feel unwell.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that all cases of Mers transmission in South Korea have been between hospital contacts or family members.

There have been no reported cases of Mers transmission in the wider community.

MOH will not be implementing any special screening measures for passengers from South Korea. This is in line with the World Health Organisation's recommendations.

"However, should there be evidence of transmission in the community in South Korea, or any major breaches in its health measures, MOH will consider extending the current temperature screening measures at air checkpoints to passengers arriving from South Korea," the ministry said.

This article was first published on June 7, 2015.
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