Monday, May 25, 2015

Korean Media Reports 4th MERS Case (Updated)



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My thanks to Crof for posting a Yonhap news report (South Korea confirms fourth MERS case) which describes the third transmission of the MERS coronavirus virus (all from the index imported case) in South Korea.  This time, the victim is the daughter of the index patient’s hospital roommate (case #3), who visited the room for several hours before the index case was diagnosed and placed in isolation.


As it is 4am in Seoul Korea at this writing, it isn’t terribly surprising that the Korean CDC website hasn’t been updated yet. 

(UPDATED 0650 EST)  The Korean CDC has posted the following (translated) statement:

Date : 2015-05-26 Modified : 2015-05-26 Department : Public Health Crisis Response and 

Middle respiratory syndrome (Merck's) fourth patient identification

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Since Crof posted the first account an hour ago,  Yonhap news has updated and fleshed out the story a bit more:


S. Korea confirms 4th MERS case

2015/05/26 02:18

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea confirmed a fourth case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Tuesday, saying a daughter of the third patient was found to have been infected with the viral virus.

The new patient is believed to have contracted the virus from the first patient, just as her father did. She stayed for four hours at a hospital room her 76-year-old father shared with the first patient, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After her father was diagnosed with the disease, she was placed in isolation at her home. As her fever rose to over 38 degrees Celsius earlier Tuesday, she was sent to a state-designated hospital and then tested positive for the virus, officials said.

She is currently in a stable condition, they said.

The first patient, a 68-year-old man, was diagnosed with the disease after he had travelled to the Middle East in mid-April and returned home on May 4. All three other confirmed cases were transmitted from him, including his wife, according to CDC.

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While we await an official statement, most of the major media organizations in South Korea are reporting this latest development, including the AP, the Chosen Ilbo, and Democra Asia. Recent twitter traffic includes:



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