No New Cases of MERS Reported in 7 Days!

kpride, July 12, 2015, 7:47 p.m.

South Korea reported no additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) for the seventh consecutive day Sunday, with two patients reported to have fully recovered. The number of people diagnosed with the viral disease remained unchanged Sunday at 186, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, with no additional reports being made since July 6. Of those 186 diagnosed, 130 have fully recovered.

However, 485 people still remain in isolation as suspected cases following possible exposure to the MERS coronavirus. The number of deaths remains at 36 in South Korea. MERS is a viral respiratory disease that is still fairly new to humans. The disease has claimed over 530 lives globally, posting a fatality rate of over 36 percent. In South Korea, the fatality rate is around 19.4 percent. There currently is no vaccine or treatment for the disease that was first reported only in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

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