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Author:  niman [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:18 pm ]
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South Korea MERS Cases Increase To 40

Author:  niman [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:19 pm ]
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Author:  niman [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:04 pm ]
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(LEAD) Additional S. Korean dies from MERS
2015/06/05 06:26

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SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- An additional South Korean has died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the health ministry said Friday, bringing the total number of deaths from the viral disease to four.

The ministry also reported five new cases, raising the total to 41.

The new fatality came on Thursday as a 76-year-old patient, who was confirmed on May 21 to have contracted the virus, died.

The five new patients include a 45-year-old Air Force chief master sergeant, which represented the first MERS case among members of the military. He was hospitalized in the same hospital as South Korea's first MERS patient last month, but the case could also be a tertiary infection at the hospital.

The four other cases are also believed to be tertiary infection cases.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries.

Most people infected with MERS develop severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, the CDC says. Many of them have died.

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Author:  niman [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:07 pm ]
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South Korea confirms death of fourth MERS patient

South Korea confirmed the death of one more victim of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Friday, the fourth fatality in an outbreak of the often-deadly virus in the country.

The patient was a 76-year-old man and had been the third person to contract the illness after sharing a ward with other MERS patients, the ministry said in a press release.

The ministry said five more people were confirmed to be carrying the disease, bringing the total of South Koreans with MERS to 41 -- the highest number outside the Middle East.

About 1,600 people have been quarantined in South Korea, most at home but some in medical institutions. The new cases bring the total globally to about 1,185, based on WHO data, with at least 443 related deaths.

While there has been no sustained human-to-human transmission, the worst-case scenario would be for the virus to change and spread rapidly, as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) did in 2002-2003, killing about 800 people around the world.

MERS was first identified in humans in 2012 and is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered SARS. But MERS has a much higher death rate at 38 percent, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

(Reporting by James Pearson; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Author:  niman [ Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:21 am ]
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South Korea Confirms 2 More Deaths in MERS Outbreak
By CHOE SANG-HUNJUNE 4, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — The number of people who have died of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea increased to four on Friday after officials confirmed two more deaths in what has become the largest outbreak of the virus outside the Middle East.

As fear spread, the government of President Park Geun-hye was accused of not doing enough to contain the outbreak and of endangering the public by withholding information about it.

At a news conference on Thursday, the influential mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, castigated the national authorities for not disclosing that a doctor at a Seoul hospital who was quarantined on Sunday with symptoms of the syndrome, known as MERS, had attended a gathering of more than 1,500 people in the southern part of the city only the day before.

More than 1,160 schools and kindergartens in South Korea have been shut down temporarily, and many Koreans are wearing surgical masks in public.

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The government said in a statement that an 82-year-old man, who was otherwise unidentified, had died on Wednesday, and that a posthumous test had shown he was infected with the MERS virus, making his the 36th confirmed case in South Korea. The man was the third fatality from the virus after two patients had died on Monday. In a statement early Friday, the government announced the fourth death: a 76-year-old man who it said died on Thursday.

The government also said that five more people had tested positive, bringing the total number of MERS cases in South Korea to 41.

The Health Ministry had announced earlier on Thursday that the doctor whom the Seoul mayor cited was the country’s 35th confirmed case and that he had caught the virus from a patient he treated on May 27, but the ministry did not mention the gathering he had attended, which was for people interested in buying apartments in a housing project.

“It increased the possibility that the virus spread and infected more people,” Mr. Park, the Seoul mayor, said, calling the development a “grave situation.” He added that city officials had begun telephoning all those who had attended the gathering to ask them to quarantine themselves.

The government said it had shared information about the doctor with Seoul officials and planned to reach people who attended the gathering to give them advice on how to detect symptoms.

The 82-year-old man apparently caught the virus in a hospital, where he was being treated for asthma and pneumonia in late May. A new patient placed in his room was later found to be carrying the virus, and three others who stayed in the room have since tested positive, but an earlier test did not find the virus in the 82-year-old man, officials said; he was under quarantine for further observation when he died.

Most of the cases reported in South Korea are believed to have been in hospitals in Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul. The cases include staff members, patients and visitors. The government has refused to name the six hospitals in Gyeonggi and nearby cities where the patients were infected.

Health officials have raced to track down anyone who may have come into contact with patients known to have the virus, and have isolated more than 1,660 people in their homes or at state-run facilities to see if they develop symptoms.

Worries about the virus appear to have spread to North Korea as well. On Thursday, the South Korean government said that the North had asked to borrow heat-detecting cameras to help screen South Korean factory managers as they commute to an industrial park run jointly by the two countries in the North Korean border city of Kaesong. In the complex, 54,000 North Koreans work in 124 factories run by the South.

The South Korean government said it would lend three of the cameras to the North, as it did in November, when North Korea tightened inspections at ports and airports and closed its borders to foreign tourists to guard against the Ebola virus.

A version of this article appears in print on June 5, 2015, on page A10 of the New York edition with the headline: South Korea Confirms 2 More Deaths in Outbreak. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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