BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Wednesday Lebanon was stepping up its defenses against the deadly MERS virus.
“There is no need to panic,” Faour said following a meeting with the Lebanon-based representative of the World Health Organization, Hasan Bushra.
He said the laboratory at the government-run Rafik Hariri Hospital has been equipped for testing for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
“The ministry has boosted its monitoring team and is taking samples of the reported cases for analysis,” Abu Faour said.
He said the health ministry was following up on the MERS coronavirus with the WHO on daily basis.
Abu Faour said there were no special measures at the airport to detect visitors who may be infected with MERS, but urged Hajj pilgrims to be alert against the virus.