MERS cases increase again; infection outside of hospitals reported

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The Korea Herald

Publication Date : 24-06-2015

Korea quarantines 298 more people to prevent possible infection

South Korea reported four more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome Wednesday, while announcing that it has placed 298 more people under quarantine to prevent possible infection.

The Health Ministry also reported the nation’s first MERS case that occurred outside of hospitals, which may be a sign that community transmissions of the disease have taken place in the country.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the virus has killed 27 people and infected 179. No death was reported on the same day, although 16 patients are currently in unstable condition. Meanwhile, 13 more patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the total number of recovered individuals to 67.

According to health authorities, the nation’s 175th patient is believed to have been infected by his late wife, the 118th patient, who died…

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