Eight new cases of MERS in South Korea

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, WHO
Eight new cases of MERS in South Korea

South Korea’s health ministry has recorded eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, bringing the total to 162.

S Korea records eight new MERS cases

So far 19 people have died since the virus was first diagnosed in May in a businessman who had returned from a trip to the Middle East.

Nineteen others have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

“The World Health Organization”:http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/faq/en/ (WHO) which has described the South Korea flare up as “large and complex” has traced all the cases to healthcare facilities.

Meanwhile in Germany a 65-year-old man has died from the virus. He’d become infected while visiting an animal market on the Arabian Peninsula.

MERS emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and is from the same family as the SARS virus. It can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia.