Two people die of MERS in South Korea – fight is on to keep the outbreak from spreading

June 2015 SOUTH KOREASouth Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country’s first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. South Korea’s cases have largely connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him, or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated and their family members.
Tests on a 58-year-old woman who died of acute respiratory failure Monday showed she had been infected with the disease before her death, the Health Ministry said in a statement. A 71-year-old man who tested positive for the virus last week has also died, it said. The statement said both stayed at the same hospital with the first patient. Health officials said Tuesday that about 750 people in South Korea were isolated at their homes or in state-run facilities after having contact with patients infected the virus. They said the number could rise and that depending on their conditions many of the isolated could be banned from leaving the country. Last week, the son of one of the patients ignored doctor’s orders to cancel a trip to China, where he was later diagnosed as that country’s first MERS case.
China isolated the South Korean man at a hospital, and Hong Kong authorities said Sunday that 18 travelers were being quarantined because they sat near him, but they were not showing symptoms. MERS was discovered in 2012 and has mostly been centered in Saudi Arabia. It belongs to the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold and SARS, and can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure. The virus has spread primarily through contact with camels, but it can also spread from human fluids and droplets. There have been about 1,170 cases of the virus worldwide and about 480 of the patients have died, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. –NBC
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2 Responses to Two people die of MERS in South Korea – fight is on to keep the outbreak from spreading

  1. Judy says:

    For the life of me, I simply do not understand why, in a world of so called experts, no one can get it right as to how to control and prevent an epidemic or pandemic from spreading. The lack of knowledge world wide, experience, expertise or success in handling the last virus we had, was absolutely frightful, they had no protocols and no idea how to contain it. Why don’t the head’s of state put their numbskull heads together with people who actually know how to prevent anything contagious from spreading. Why don’t they sit down together and watch the movies: ‘Contagion’ and ‘World War Z’ and they may get a rough idea how to stop things, because in reality, they haven’t got a flaming clue. The movies have more of an idea than people do, who are supposed to be in charge, hullo – its the blind leading the blind.


  2. aaronwt says:

    As the movies also clearly show, there is no way to contain it 100%. People don’t like being told what to do. And there will always be people who want to do things their own way. And in the process they will spread the disease.


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