Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

MERS Outbreak in Asia

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

MERS Outbreak in Asia

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Ten people died and 126 further cases were confirmed in an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Republic of Korea, as of 12 June.

It is the largest outbreak of MERSCoV outside Saudi Arabia, since the disease was first identified in 2012.

WHO and the country's health ministry launched a joint mission on 10 June in the capital, Seoul, comprising a team of experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, infection prevention and control, and public health officers.

The mission led by Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security, and Dr Jong-Koo Lee, Director of the Center for Global Medicine at Seoul National University, made several recommendations based on its initial findings.

These recommendations included strengthening of prevention and control measures in health facilities across the country and close investigation of patients who come to health facilities with fever or respiratory symptoms.

It also recommended that close contacts of MERS-CoV cases should not travel while being monitored for the development of symptoms and that "strong consideration" should be given to re-opening schools, as they had not been linked to transmission of the virus. …

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