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MERS Comes to a Standstill in South Korea After No New Case Reported for 8 Days

by Lakshmi Darshini on  July 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM Respiratory Disease News   - G J E 4
For the eight consecutive day in South Korea there has been no new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) reported.

The total number of infected remained at 186 and the toll at 36 as the country has reported no fatality since July 10, the health ministry said.
MERS Comes to a Standstill in South Korea After No New Case Reported for 8 Days
MERS Comes to a Standstill in South Korea After No New Case Reported for 8 Days
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There are 451 people in isolation as suspected cases following possible exposure to the MERS coronavirus, Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Since the country reported its first case on May 20, nearly 16,700 people have been subjected to isolation for possible infection. So far, 16,231 of them have been released after they showed no symptom of MERS for more than the known maximum incubation period of 14 days for the disease.

Of those diagnosed with MERS, 130 have been discharged from hospitals following complete recoveries. The 20 others remain hospitalized, with four being in unstable condition.

MERS has claimed over 530 lives globally, posting a fatality rate of over 36 percent. In South Korea, the fatality rate stands at 19.4 percent.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the disease that was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

Source: IANS
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