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No MERS cases in Singapore

No Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases have been reported in Singapore since authorities started temperature screenings in May.

SINGAPORE: No Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases have been reported in Singapore since authorities started temperature screenings in May.

Temperature screenings at Changi Airport started on May 18, and as of June 11, 194 flights arriving from the Middle East have been screened.

Authorities said Singapore must remain vigilant.

Professor Leo Yee Sin, director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: "So the risk is there, (though) it may not be very high.

"But as long as there is risk, it is important for us to put in all kinds of strategies -- to first of all, prevent the virus from getting into Singapore.

"Secondly, should it happen, we (should) have the ability to detect it as early as possible."

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