MERS in Korea - 9th June 2015

 

Mers in Korea Update

Since May 2015, the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; MERS-CoV in the Republic of Korea has continued to evolve. It is the largest reported outbreak outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the disease first emerged in April, 2012 and the vast majority of cases have occurred. The first case was confirmed on May 20th and reported to the WHO. The patient, a 68-year-old national of the Republic of Korea, had a recent history of travel to 4 countries in the Middle East. During his return flight to Korea on May 4th he was asymptomatic. On May 11th, the patient developed symptoms and sought care at 2 out-patient clinics and 2 hospitals. Tracing the first household and healthcare contacts as of June 5th, a total of 41 MERS-CoV cases, including 4 deaths, have been reported to the WHO by the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea. One of the 41 cases is a confirmed connection to the case in China, which was also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China.
Globally, since September 2012, the WHO has been notified of 1,190 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including at least 444 related deaths.

 

Source

WHO, Situation Assessment, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Republic of Korea
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/situation-assessments/2-june-2015-south-korea/en/

WHO, Disease outbreak news, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Republic of Korea
http://www.who.int/csr/don/06-june-2015-mers-korea/en/