S.Korea on alert after MERS case confirmed

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2018

He was returning from a trip to Kuwait.

Hong Yoo zooms in on the government's quick response.

This is the first case reported in South Korea since 2015.

Chung Eun-kyung, chief of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announces the first case of MERS in three years on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

The infectious disease swept South Korea in 2015, leading to 38 fatalities.

According to health officials, the MERS patient visited a local hospital during his stay in Kuwait for diarrhea but showed the same symptom again on his way back home.

The Disease Control Headquarters and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are now in contact with airlines and visiting medical institutions to identify the contact persons, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government Local governments are actively managing contacts.

South Korean health officials have released a hotline number and are calling on members of the public who believe they might have been exposed to the virus to seek urgent medical assistance.

He has then transferred to Seoul National University (SNU) Hospital, where he tested positive for the disease.

Eleven other Koreans in Kuwait concerned of having caught MERS also had medical checkups but were found to have not contracted the virus. The South Korean Minister of Health and Welfare said that Korean residents in Kuwait who have been in physical contact with the patient will be investigated, and that Seoul is working with the government of Kuwait, to take safety measures if anyone shows symptoms of MERS.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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