The rise of MERS and problem of fear

Posted: June 10, 2015 in Inter'l News

South Korea apart from her longtime ill relationship with North Korea is yet facing other problems of MERS and the panic among her citizens.

Brief info on MERS
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever,
cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died.


South Korea has 108 cases of MERS and nine have died already. The virus has struck mainly adults, with the exception of one 16-year- old boy. And the MERS deaths have been among older adults with pre-existing conditions.


And the number of cases grows every day. On Tuesday, South Korea reported that a ninth person had died from MERS and another 13 had contracted the virus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 108.
More than 2,800 people remain quarantined, either at home or in health
facilities. More than 2,000 schools remain closed. (CNN)

Ten people have been released from quarantine in Hong Kong and Guangzhu.



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