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Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday that it is keeping close tabs on the Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-VoV) scare in South Korea and will adjust its contingency measures as necessary.
"The CDC is following the latest developments and will take contingency measures based on the situation," CDC Deputy Director General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said as Taiwan stepped up preparations in case the virus spreads to Taiwan.
A drill was held at the Hsinwu branch of Taoyuan Hospital on Wednesday to simulate moving MERS patients from the first floor to negative pressure wards on the hospital's fourth floor.
The drill was aimed at ensuring the timely admittance of patients to a hospital in case of a MERS outbreak and preventing in-hospital infections, Chou said.
Health Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) said Taiwan remains on guard against MERS and has stepped up border controls and increased inventories of surgical masks and other necessary items.
The ministry was to hold a news conference later Wednesday that will include a doctor who recently traveled to South Korea to see what measures Seoul has taken as it grapples with the lethal virus.
Defense Minister Kao Kuang-chi (高廣圻), meanwhile, has asked related agencies to meet to discuss the possible development of the virus and contingency measures, including preparations of negative pressure beds, N95 masks and protective garments at military hospitals.
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