South Korea Reports No New Cases of MERS for 12 Days

kpopluv, July 17, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

South Korea reported no additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) for the  12th straight day Friday, with no fatalities occurring in a week, the health ministry said. The number of people diagnosed with MERS in the country remained unchanged at 186 with the death toll also staying flat at 36, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

There were 155 people in isolation as of Friday as suspected cases following possible exposure to the MERS coronavirus, down 103 people from the day before, it said. Since the country reported its first case on May 20, nearly 16,700 people have been subject to isolation for possible infection. So far, 16,538 of them have been released after showing no symptoms of MERS for more than the known maximum incubation period of 14 days for the disease.

Out of those diagnosed with MERS, 134 have been discharged from hospitals following complete recoveries, up one compared with the day before. Of the remaining 16 receiving treatment in hospitals, four are in unstable condition.

The health ministry said Thursday that if no new cases are reported in the coming days, the country may declare an end to MERS next month, although no date has been set. At present, authorities are forecasting an official declaration is expected 28 days after the last MERS patient tests negative for the coronavirus at least twice.

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