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A dream trip to Thailand has turned into a nightmare for a British girl who has been locked up in quarantine after a deadly outbreak of SARS.
Kerry Sue Newman travelled to Thailand from her home in Brighton earlier this month to fulfill her dream of spending six months in Thailand. The 30 year old jeweler was staying at a Muay Thai camp when she was picked up by authorities. For the last weeks she has been kept in a solitary hospital room in Hua Hin and been told that she is not allowed to leave.
Thailand is currently on high alert for the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, (MERS) that has killed a total of 27 people. The first confirmed case in the kingdom occurred last week when the condition was found in a 75 year old man who had travelled to Bangkok from Oman for treatment for a heart condition. It has been revealed that Miss Newman was sitting just two rows behind the man on the plane.
Miss Newman told reporters how traumatic it was to be locked up in a room and made to feel like a prisoner when she has done nothing wrong. She went on to say that the camera in her room made her feel as if she was taking part in some macabre version of the TV program Big Brother. However after considering that this treatment is for the good of Thailand and the rest of the world she has since relaxed and accepts her fate of remaining in quarantine until the 29th of June, the end of the diseases incubation period.
MERS has similar symptoms to SARS and can cause fever, a cough, breathing difficulties, headaches, chest pains, nausea and pneumonia.
A spokesperson for the Foreign office said that they are aware of Miss Newman’s case.