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South Korea Reports 12 MERS Cases; China Reports 1 Case In South Korean Who Broke Home Quarantine

Reuters: MERS infects 10 in South Korea but no virus mutation: WHO
“Ten people in South Korea are confirmed as having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, transmitted by a traveler, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay, 5/29).

Reuters: South Korean becomes China’s first confirmed MERS case
“China said on Friday a South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in the 38 people who had close contact with him. Authorities in South Korea said earlier that the man had skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China…” (Wee, 5/29).

Reuters: China’s first confirmed MERS case arrived from Korea via Hong Kong
“…Later on Friday, South Korea’s health ministry said two more patients were confirmed to have been infected, both of whom had been in the same hospital ward as the initial confirmed cases, raising the total number to 12…” (Wee/Li, 5/29).

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