Thailand confirms first MERS case: health ministry

Crew members of Thai Airways prepare to disinfect the cabin of an aircraft of the national carrier at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand confirmed its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Thursday, according to the country's health ministry.

The virus was detected in a businessman from Oman, the country's health minister told reporters.

"From two lab tests we can confirm that the MERS virus was found," said Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin.

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre)