13th Confirmed Case of MERS in South Korea

kpopluv, May 30, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

South Korea reported one more confirmed case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Saturday, raising the total number of people infected with the disease to 13. The latest infected person is the husband of the 12th confirmed patient, according to the health ministry. He was in the same hospital where the country's first MERS case was reported to take care of his ill wife.

He was admitted to the hospital after coming down with a high fever and other symptoms. He has been placed in isolation after testing positive for the virus, the ministry said.  Of the MERS patients, 10 were reported from the same hospital where the first confirmed patient was reported, it added.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is fairly new to humans, with only 1,154 reported cases in 24 countries since the first case was confirmed in Saudi Arabia in 2012. There is no vaccine or treatment for the disease, which has a very high fatality rate of about 40 percent.

Anxiety is mounting here as the number of MERS patients seems to be increasing fast in recent days. On Friday, five people were diagnosed with MERS, including a South Korean traveler in China. South Korea reported its first MERS case on May 20.

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