Almost 700 isolated in S. Korea over deadly MERS virus fears

Monday, June 1, 2015
By Paul Martin
June 01, 2015

At least 682 people have been isolated in South Korea after coming into contact with those infected with the deadly MERS virus. The country’s president has slammed health officials over their “insufficient” response to the outbreak.

South Korea’s health authorities announced three more cases of the virus on Monday, which brought the number of afflicted to 18 people.

The current outbreak has been traced to a 68-year-old man, who was on a trip to Bahrain via Qatar and who returned on May 20. The infected are patients, relatives and hospital staff in the same hospital the man was treated in.

At least 682 people, who had contact with these patients, both family members and medical staff who treated them, are in isolation in their homes or in quarantine facilities to prevent the spread of the disease, Health Ministry official Kwon Jun-wook told reporters.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has slammed health officials for their “insufficient” response to the virus outbreak.

“The initial response to MERS… was insufficient,” Park said, calling to increase government efforts to prevent any further spread of the virus.

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