SINGAPORE, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Hospitals in Singapore are on the alert for any cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) following the first confirmed case of death in neighboring Malaysia, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.
The ministry said it was "closely monitoring this latest development and is in close contact with our counterparts."
While Singapore has not seen any cases of MERS-CoV, "given today's globalized travel patterns, the possibility of an imported case here cannot be ruled out," it added.
However, it said that the risk of an outbreak of the disease in Singapore is low since the virus is not known to pass from person to person in a sustained manner.
The hospitals in Singapore are testing all patients with severe respiratory illness and who have been to the Middle East recently.
"If a case is detected, MOH will conduct contact tracing when appropriate, and all close contacts will be placed under quarantine," the ministry said.