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MERS South Korea HCW Attends Seoul Medical Conference

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:35 am 
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Doctor exposed more than 1,000 Seoul residents to MERS


Published : 2015-06-04 22:36
Updated : 2015-06-04 22:40
A doctor confirmed of Middle East respiratory syndrome has reportedly come into direct and indirect contact with more than 1,000 Seoul residents, said a representative from the Seoul City government in an emergency press conference, raising speculation that the deadly virus has spread in to the community.


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According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday, the 35th confirmed MERS patient, a doctor at a Seoul-based hospital, was found to have visited a large-scale conference to attend several meetings and symposiums in Seoul, despite instructions from authorities to quarantine himself, potentially exposing the more than 1,400 people in attendance.

“Concerns are growing as this means that the central control tower to combat MERS collapsed,” said an official from the municipal government.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will hold an emergency press briefing at 10:30 p.m. at Seoul City Hall to announce countermeasures to cope with the fast-spreading virus.

By Ock Hyun-ju (laeticia.ock@heraldcorp.com)

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150604001315

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:25 am 
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S Korea says MERS-infected doctor had mass contact
Report coincides with country's third death in outbreak of virus that has infected dozens and prompted school closures.
04 Jun 2015 15:08 GMT | Asia Pacific, South Korea
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More people in Seoul are wearing face masks as fears over MERS grow [AP]
The South Korean government says a doctor infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has come into contact with more than 1,000 people.
The doctor is said to have attended large-scale meetings while infected, Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reported from Seoul on Thursday.
The news came as South Korea reported its third death from an outbreak of the virus that has infected dozens of people, seen hundreds of schools closed and caused thousands to cancel travel plans.
An 82-year-old man was diagnosed with MERS in a posthumous test after he died in hospital on Wednesday night, the health ministry said in a statement.
He was originally being treated for asthma and pneumonia but was placed under quarantine after other patients in his ward tested positive for MERS.
The latest case brought the total number of people diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus in South Korea to 36, in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
More than 900 schools, from kindergartens to colleges, have now shut their gates and the government's MERS hotline took more than 3,000 calls on Wednesday as public fears grew.
Before Thursday, a 58-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man had died in South Korea from the disease, which has no cure or vaccine.
Under quarantine
The first case, reported on May 20, was of a 68-year-old man diagnosed after a trip to Saudi Arabia.
Since then, more than 1,660 people who may have been exposed to the virus have been placed under varying levels of quarantine.
While around 160 were isolated at state-designated facilities, most were told to stay home and strictly limit their interactions with other people.
In Seoul, growing public concern has been reflected in the daily increase in the number of commuters wearing face masks on buses and subways.
The anxiety has been exported, with the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) reporting on Thursday that around 7,000 tourists - mostly from China and Taiwan - had cancelled planned group trips to South Korea.
"A mass cancellation of this scale is very unusual... and many travellers cited the MERS outbreak as the main reason," a KTO spokesperson told the AFP news agency.
The military has also been affected with more than 20 symptomatic soldiers quarantined, including six who had contact with a South Korean air force officer recently diagnosed with MERS.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:46 pm 
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‘Doctor exposed more than 1,500 Seoul residents to MERS’
Published: 2015-06-04 22:36
Updated: 2015-06-04 23:35
A doctor confirmed to have contracted Middle East respiratory syndrome has reportedly come into direct and indirect contact with more than 1,500 Seoul residents, said Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in an emergency press conference, raising speculation that the deadly virus has spread into the community.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday, the 35th confirmed MERS patient, a doctor at a Seoul-based hospital, started to show minor symptoms of MERS last Friday, but still attended three large-scale conferences over the weekend. He was the doctor who treated the 14th confirmed MERS patient, the mayor said.

“On Saturday, the doctor attended the union meeting for the reconstruction of an apartment complex in Gaepo-dong, Seoul, which was attended by a total of 1,565 local people,” he said.

“He also attended two meetings of medical societies he is affiliated with on Saturday and Sunday, and visited several other public places,” he added.

The doctor also had dinner with his family at Garden Five, a shopping mall in southeastern Seoul, on Saturday evening .

After the doctor started to show more MERS symptoms on Sunday, he was instructed by authorities to quarantine himself Sunday evening. He was confirmed of the virus on the next day.


The mayor said he decided to release the information about the doctor after the health ministry rejected his request to share it. He also criticized the central government for not doing enough to contain the virus. The city government would seek its own way to protect citizens, he said.

“We have entered the crisis and this means that the central control tower to combat MERS has collapsed,” he said.

To contain the spread of the virus, the city government secured the list of people who attended the conference the doctor attended Friday and sent warnings to all of the participants. The city government has requested them to quarantine themselves and visit public clinics nearby.

As of Thursday evening, South Korea has seen three MERS deaths and more than 1,600 people have been placed in quarantine.

By Ock Hyun-ju (laeticia.ock@heraldcorp.com)

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150604001315

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