South Korea Reports 122 MERS Cases, 10 Deaths; WHO Working With Government On Prevention, Control Measures

New York Times: South Korean Hamlet, Under MERS Quarantine, Symbolizes Weaknesses in System
“No one in this tiny village of 73 households can leave. … Jangdeok represents the most extreme of the quarantine measures that embarrassed South Korean authorities have scrambled to assemble in recent days to stop the disease, known as MERS, from spreading further through the suddenly exposed loopholes of the public health system…” (Sang-Hun, 6/10).

Reuters: South Korea reports 14 new MERS cases, takes total to 122
“South Korea’s health ministry on Thursday reported 14 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), taking the total to 122 in an outbreak that is the largest outside Saudi Arabia…” (Park/Kim, 6/10).

Reuters: South Korea cuts rates as MERS clouds outlook; 10th patient dies
“A deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) forced South Korea to cut interest rates on Thursday in the hope of softening the blow to an economy already beset by slack demand, as authorities reported 14 new cases and a 10th fatality…” (Park/Yoo, 6/11).

Scientific American: MERS Outbreak in South Korea Will Taper Off, Experts Say
“…Although experts do not think the virus spreads through the air, infections in hospitals have occurred in patients that shared the same room or waiting room, even if they were up to two meters apart. Doctors suspect that the use of the same medical instruments on infected and uninfected patients might be responsible for these transmissions…” (Ponchner, 6/10).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency begins review of MERS outbreak in Republic of Korea
“A joint mission by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare to review the situation regarding the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), has begun its work in Seoul, the agency confirmed [Wednesday]…” (6/10).

WHO Western Pacific Region: Joint mission to Republic of Korea on MERS-CoV begins well
“…[Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director general for health security, who is co-leading the mission,] said that current efforts to control the outbreak and prevent further spread are being intensified. WHO has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on response measures since the outbreak began…” (6/10).

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