MERS virus continues to spread in South Korea

Doctor and nurse among suspected cases after 4th patient came down with disease, which country first saw last week

MERS virus continues to spread in South Korea

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A South Korean doctor and a nurse were suspected to have contracted MERS, as the country continued to get to grips with its first outbreak of the deadly respiratory illness.

Earlier on Tuesday, a fourth case was confirmed by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a woman in her 40s.

She is the daughter of a 76-year-old man who fell ill last week after sharing a hospital room with the country’s very first MERS patient, a 68-year-old man who returned from a trip to Bahrain earlier this month.

MERS - which has a reported fatality rate of more than 40 percent - is caused by a strain of coronavirus that emerged out of Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then around 1,150 cases have been reported worldwide.

According to local news agency Yonhap, the Center believes that the latest woman to be infected may have contracted the virus from the same man as her father.

If the health officials are wrong, then the fourth case would be the outbreak’s first secondary infection in South Korea.

Dozens of people who had been in contact with the original patient have been isolated in an effort to curb any further spread.

Last week, the Center bolstered preventative measures so that airline passengers arriving at Incheon International Airport, for example, have found themselves being monitored for any indications of fever.

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