South Korean Man, China’s first confirmed case of MERS

The first ever case of MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in China has been confirmed coming from a South Korean businessman who has ignored orders to stay home following his father’s diagnosis of the disease.

The National Heath and Family Planning Commission of China disclosed the 44-year-old man from South Korean was under hospital quarantine in the southern city of Huizhou and was confirmed to have MERS on Friday, the deadly disease which has since killed hundreds of infected individuals in the Middle East.

Foreign Ministry of South Korea says the patient is the son of a MERS-infected man in South Korea who traveled to China last Tuesday despite being advised by doctors to cancel.

At least nine South Korean citizens have contracted the virus, after visiting the Middle East.




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