MERS Virus Death Toll Reaches 14 With 3,800 Quarantined In South Korea
The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) epidemic in South Korea has increased to 14, the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the ministry, 12 new MERS cases have been reported. The total number of those infected with the virus now stands at 138.
The number of people quarantined in South Korea amid the MERS outbreak exceeds 3,800 people. More than 2,000 educational facilities have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
The South Korean government has acknowledged that the outbreak has been fueled by insufficient safety measures when the first MERS patients were hospitalized.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory disease caused by the MERS-coronavirus. First reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, it has since spread to other countries.
Fever, coughing and a shortness of breath are among the typical symptoms of MERS. People with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to the virus.
There is currently no vaccine for MERS.
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