South Korea is currently battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that started on May 20, 2015, when a 68-year-old man was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia. So far, 182 people have been infected with the MERS virus, with 32 fatalities. The health ministry has reported no new cases of the MERS in South Korea on Monday, June 29, 2015, for the second consecutive day.
The potentially-deadly virus, for which there is no vaccine, has spread at an unusually rapid pace in Asia's fourth-largest economy, becoming the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia and sparking public alarm at home and elsewhere in Asia. South Korea's government is facing criticism for failing to stop the MERS outbreak.
AdvertisementThe number of people quarantined rose from 2,562 on Sunday to 2,682 on Monday.
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