MERS Claims 31 Lives In South Korea As Outbreak Continues

South Korea’s health ministry has reported that two more people have died and one new patient has contracted the dreadful disease, reported by CNN. With these two new patients, the death toll in South Korea now stands at 31.

Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.

South Koreans have witnessed a total of 181 people being affected with MERS; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The health ministry has reported that 82 patients are currently receiving treatment for MERS.

The outbreak has sparked international concern, stalled the nation’s economy and resulted in more than 100,000 canceled tourist visits to the East was confirmed infected in May, reported CNN
President Park Geun-hye’s approval ratings have plummeted seeing the inability of authorities to contain the outbreak.

MERS belongs to the same family of viruses as SARS and the common cold.
There have been more than 1,200 MERS cases and 400 deaths from the virus worldwide.CNN’s Jung-eun Kim contributed to this report from Seoul.

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