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Monday, 15 June 2015

Seven New MERS death cases reported in South Korea

South Korea has reported seven new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and one new death, raising the total number of people killed by the disease to 15.
The deadly virus infected 145 people so far, as a World Health Organization team, which is now in the country to assess the situation, said the outbreak was “large and complex”.
The international organisation warned the government to remain vigilant because it expects the number of cases to rise further.
The government of Busan, a city in the southeast of the country, said on Sunday a 61-year-old man was the latest victim of the disease. All the deaths involve elderly patients or people who had been suffering serious ailments.
The experts say although the MERS virus has not spread outside of hospitals, the outbreak is not yet over.
Two hospitals which treated MERS patients have been closed as a precaution while thousands of schools remain shut.
All of the cases are believed to be linked to hospital settings and traced to a businessman who had returned from a trip to the Middle East.culled


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