MERS outbreak spreads to Slovakia as number of cases hits 145…(Here We Go!!)

Sunday, June 14, 2015
By Paul Martin

TheAustralian.com.au
JUNE 15, 2015

South Korea has seven new cases of the MERS virus in an outbreak that’s already killed 14 people.

One citizen has also been ­admitted to hospital in Slovakia after being suspected of carrying the disease.

The new cases put the total number of infections of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea at 145, the health ministry said yesterday.

Four of the new cases were ­infected in Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul, one of the country’s largest hospitals where more than 70 people have contracted the virus, it said.

Separately a paramedic who helped transport a MERS patient to the hospital on June 7 was ­infected. Authorities said the ambulance driver also involved in transporting the patient — who died three days later — had also been infected.

One of the other new patients was infected in the central city of Daejeon and another in Hwaseong, about 43km south of Seoul. The ministry reported no new ­fatalities, and said 10 patients had recovered.

To prevent further infections among patients and medical staff, Samsung hospital temporarily suspended most of its operations yesterday. It will stop treating outpatients, admitting new ­patients, or performing surgeries that are not deemed urgent, said hospital president Song Jae-Ho.

No visitors will be allowed, he said, adding he would decide on June 24 whether to continue the partial suspension.

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