Sunday, May 31, 2015

WHO MERS-CoV Update - Korea May 31st

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The World Health Organization has posted an update on the 12th MERS case from South Korea.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea 
Disease outbreak news 31 May 2015 
On 30 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of an additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). 
Details of the case are as follows:
The 12th case is a 49-year-old male who is the husband of the 11th case that was reported in a previous DON on 30 May. The patient took care of his wife during her hospitalization from 15 to 17 May. During this period, he shared the same ward with the first case. The patient developed symptoms on 21 May and was admitted to hospital. As symptoms persisted, he was later transferred to the nationally designated medical centre. The patient tested positive for MERS-CoV on 29 May. Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the case.

Globally, WHO has been notified of 1149 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 431 related deaths.

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