Hospital with First MERS Virus Treatment Case Closed

kpride, June 2, 2015, 8:50 a.m.

A hospital in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province where about two-thirds of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome cases in the country occurred remains closed. On Monday morning the hospital was practically deserted, its reception occupied only by a dozen medical staff.

The country's first MERS patient was treated here on May 15-17. As a succession of secondary infections occurred, the hospital temporarily closed on May 26, and 84 medical staff were quarantined at home. The quarantine for 16 of them -- one doctor, 12 nurses, and three technicians -- was lifted Monday. But the hospital remains closed, a hospital spokesman said, and will not reopen until June 10.

"Some staff are standing by to take care of existing patients who need immediate consultations or prescriptions, but there are almost no visitors," a hospital staffer said. "We only opened in February, and now we're afraid of big losses due to MERS. We're worried about the future operation of the hospital because of the bad reputation."


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