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Russian artistic gymnastics team refrains from participation in Universiade - coach

June 21, 2015, 15:57 UTC+3 BAKU

South Korea registered the first case on May 20

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BAKU, June 21. /TASS/. Russia’s first national team in artistic gymnastics will not participate in the 2015 Summer Universiade due in South Korean Gwangju, coach of Margarita Mamun, Amina Zaripova, told TASS on Saturday.

Earlier, the athlete herself confirmed it during the European Games in Baku.

South Korea registered the first case on May 20. The virus was brought to the country by its national who had returned from a trip to the Middle East countries.

The 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 since then has spread to several other countries - Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France - the total of 23 countries, where over 1,100 cases of infected patients have been registered, of which 40% had lethal outcomes. In confirmed cases of infection, South Korea now follows Saudi Arabia, where healthcare authorities report over 1,000 cases since 2012.

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.

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