South Korea confirms new MERS cases

South Korea reports third case of MERS, one day after it confirmed its first-ever case of the disease

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

South Korean health officials confirmed a third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the country on Thursday, a day after the country's first-ever case of the disease was reported.

The two latest cases are the wife of the first infected man  and a man who shared the same hospital room with him.

Health officials said the three people are in stable condition and 64 others have been isolated as a precaution, including family members and hospital workers.

South Korean officials assure the public that there is no chance of the disease spreading, saying all people who had contacted with the first patient are in quarantine.

MERS, which is from the same family with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) first occurred in 2012. China had suffered from Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2013. There is still no cure or vaccine which can eliminate the SARS virus.

Till now 1,118 MERS cases, including 423 deaths have been reported by the World Health Organisation, globally.

The last case was seen in the UAE on May 9, and was a truck driver who was transporting camels from Qatar to the United Arab Emirates, according to the hospital’s test results. Test results from the camels were also positive for the Mers.

Travel agents who organise vacations to the Middle East warn their customers about taking part in camel rides or activities involving animals, which may increase the risk of infection.

TRTWorld and agencies