Eight New Cases of MERS Reported in South Korea

Published By : 09 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The health ministry of South Korea announced on Tuesday that eight new cases of MERS was reported in the country. With this the total number of patients infected with MERS increased to 85 while the number of new cases reported daily dropped significantly from 23 on Monday. 

The ministry also declared the news of a patient who was diagnosed with MERS virus has died. This is seventh death witnessed by the country following the MERS outbreak in May. According to reports the illness was carried to the country by a business man who returned from a trip to the Middle East. South Korea has the second largest number of MERS infection in the world followed Saudi Arabia. 

Other than these two countries, the Guangdong province in China also reported an infection in the later part of May when a South Korean man who is tested positive with the illness lied about his ailment when he took a flight to the mainland.  

The rise in number of patients infected with MERS virus has taken Seoul and its neighboring Asian countries by surprise since the disease was known to have remained confined to the Gulf region since it was discovered three years ago. 

MERS-CoV is the abbreviation for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. When a person is infected by this virus he or she feels acute respiratory illness, which is referred to as MERS. The origin of the virus can be traced to animals, since it was first detected in camels across several countries. The first human to have contracted with the MERS virus was reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. 
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