MERS Outbreak: Fifth Person Dies of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea

Credit: Morguefile.com

Credit: Morguefile.com

Another reported death has occurred in South Korea as a result of the MERS virus. On Sunday, June 7, 2015, the government announced that it was strengthening measures to decrease the spread of the disease and minimize public fear.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has infected 64 people since last month in the largest epidemic outside the Middle East. Hundreds of schools have closed and many other people have been isolated.

Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan declared that the virus should not spread any further in the country.

“So far, all the MERS cases have been hospital-associated, and there has been no case of an infection in other social settings. We think we have a chance at putting the outbreak under total control,” Choi told a news conference.

The virus has no vaccine, and it spreads through close contact with infected people and not through the air.

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