Mideast travelers warned
People planning to travel to the Middle East should pay attention to their personal hygiene, as the season for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has arrived, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. The centers is urging Middle East-bound travelers to avoid visiting farmland and having contact with camels or people with respiratory symptoms. The disease tends to become prevalent from this month and peak in September, the centers said, adding that no cases have been confirmed in Taiwan. The centers said symptoms of MERS-CoV include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Check visa rules: MOFA
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is urging travelers to check in advance the requirements for visa-free entry to their destination, after 158 people were denied entry to foreign countries last year because they could not present the necessary documents. The number is a 45 percent increase from 2009, the ministry said.
Quake jolts eastern areas
A magnitude 4 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 5:37pm yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau reported. The earthquake’s epicenter was at sea about 37.6km south of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 8.4km, bureau officials said. The earthquake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Yilan County’s Nanao Township (南澳), where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale. On Saturday last week, Yilan County was also rattled by two earthquakes measuring at 3.5 and 3.7 respectively on the Richter scale.