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SEOUL, June 30. /TASS/. The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Disease (MERS) outbreak in South Korea has risen to 33 people, the country’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
However, no new cases were reported over the last three days. There are currently 182 people infected with MERS coronavirus in the country, with 2,600 more under quarantine.
The first MERS case in South Korea was registered on May 20. The virus was brought by a South Korean national returning from a trip to the Middle East.
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 other countries, including Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France - 23 in all, where more than 1,100 MERS cases have been officially registered, of which 40% ended in patients’ deaths.
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.