The ministry released a statement yesterday following recent Malaysian news reports of a female Bruneian allegedly fleeing the Miri General Hospital even though she was suspected to have been infected with MERS.
On June 12, the ministry was informed that a Bruneian was visiting Miri on June 11 and had flu-like symptoms. The patient was referred to the Miri General Hospital after she sought treatment at a private clinic in Miri.
The referral was because the patient also has a recent history of travel to Saudi Arabia, although it was noted that the symptoms have developed more than 14 days since the patient returned to Brunei. This exceeded the incubation period of MERS, the statement read.
On the same night, the ministry contacted the Miri General Hospital and was informed that the patient had left the hospital.
The patient and family members returned to Brunei and at 9.55pm the same evening, went to the Accident and Emergency Department of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital (RIPAS Hospital) to seek treatment.
Upon examination, the patient was found to have a high fever and a chest infection, before being admitted to the isolation ward.
Tests were carried out on the patient before the ministry confirmed that the patient had tested negative for MERS. At this time, the patient continues to receive inpatient treatment for pneumonia.
The patient is a 76-year-old female, reported The Rakyat Post yesterday. When contacted by The Brunei Times, a staff of Miri General Hospital said no further information on the patient could be disclosed due to confidentiality.
With regard to misleading information disseminated through social media and other unverified sources, MoH advised the public not to worry or panic.
The ministry reiterated that there are no cases of MERS detected in the country. The public were also reminded to consult health professionals if there are early signs of infection such as fever and cough either during their visit abroad or within 14 days of their return from travel to MERS-infected countries, particularly countries in the Middle East and South Korea.
The Brunei Times
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