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VLADIVOSTOK, June 11. /TASS/. Medics of Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky region daily check at border crossing points more than 270 people arriving from South Korea, where nine people have died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
These are mainly plane crews and tourists returning from trips to South Korea, a source from the regional department of the Rospotrebnadzor sanitary and consumer rights agency told TASS on Thursday.
No suspected cases have been reported as of yet, he said. More than 100 Mers cases have been registered in South Korea at the moment, nine of them lethal.
The Republic of Korea is the most popular tourist destination for residents of Russia’s Primorsky Krai. More than 80,000 people visited the country last year, and some 3,000 South Korean nationals visited the Far Eastern region last year.
More than 20 flights a week as well as a ferry link connect the regional capital of Vladivostok and the South Korean capital Seoul.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory infection caused by the newly identified MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries. Most MERS-CoV patients develop severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and trouble breathing. About 3-4 out of every 10 MERS patients die. MERS-CoV is spread through close contact.