South Korea Reports 172 MERS Cases, 27 Deaths; Thailand Reports No New Cases; Malaysia Steps Up Traveler Screening

Reuters: South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, Thailand says no new cases
“South Korea’s health ministry reported on Monday two more deaths in the country’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which the World Health Organization said was ‘large and complex,’ bringing the number of fatalities to 27. Thailand, which reported its first case last week, said it had no new cases, raising hopes the virus there had been contained. … The health ministry in Seoul also confirmed three new cases, taking the total to 172…” (Park/Kim, 6/22).

Reuters: Medical tourism expertise helps Thailand cope with MERS
“Thailand’s status as a hub for medical tourism could be helping the country contain the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), government and health officials said, after confirming its first case of the deadly virus last week…” (Lefevre/Jittapong, 6/22).

Reuters: Malaysia steps up health screening for MERS at entry points
“Malaysia has stepped up health screenings at all entry points into the country, after the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was reported in neighboring Thailand last week…” (Menon, 6/22).