Tuesday December 12, 2017

MERS killed four in South Korea, cases rise to 126

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bacteriaMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in South Korea have increased to 126 on Friday, authorities said.

Four more people tested positive for the MERS virus on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. All of them contracted the virus from the 14th patient from Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul.

According to officials, the 14th patient, called the ‘super spreader’, has infected more than 60 people at the Samsung hospital.

Nine people have so far died because of the virus in the country.

– (IANS)

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Nurse infected with MERS virus in South Korea

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A nurse in South Korea’s capital city tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Friday, authorities said.

The 24-year-old nurse at the Samsung Medical Centre here became the 184th patient as she contracted the virus while treating patients at an isolated hospital ward, Xinhua news agency quoted the health ministry as saying.

No new MERS cases were identified for three days till Wednesday, but a case each was added on Thursday and Friday. The toll due to the virus is 33.

Seven more patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of discharge patients to 109.

The number of those quarantined decreased from 2,247 on Thursday to 2,076 on Friday. (IANS)