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  • South Korea confirms 6th & 7th coronavirus MERS cases - May 28, 2015

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    South Korea confirms 4th & 5th coronavirus MERS cases, monitoring 61, 1 doctor tests positive, more tests pending - May 25 & 26, 2015
    South Korea reports 3 cases of MERS Coronavirus - May 20 - 24, 2015 - Gov holds emergency meeting

    South Korea reports seven MERS cases, one victim flies to China

    May 28, 2015 11:34am

    South Korea said Thursday it had confirmed two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business trip.

    The infections, all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, have triggered public concerns of a wider outbreak.


    The Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 70 people who may have been exposed directly or indirectly to the original patient were currently in voluntary quarantine.

    However, one of them, a 44-year-old man, left for China on a business trip on Tuesday, a day after his father was diagnosed with the virus.

    "We advised him against the trip but he refused," CDC director Yang Byung-Guk told reporters,

    Yang said the Chinese health authorities had been notified and the man had been admitted to a Chinese hospital for testing following his arrival.

    A list of 28 passengers who had sat close to the man on the China-bound flight had also been drawn up, he added.

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    CHP South Korea confirms 6th & 7th coronavirus MERS cases

    DH closely monitors two additional MERS cases in Korea
    The Department of Health (DH) is today (May 28) closely monitoring two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) reported by Korea, and hence called on the public to stay alert and maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene during travel.

    According to the health authority of Korea, the two latest patients (a 71-year-old male and a 28-year-old female) had contact with the male index case aged 68 confirmed on May 20. These are the sixth and seventh MERS cases in Korea.

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH is seeking more information on the case from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the relevant health authority, and will remain vigilant and work closely with the WHO as well as overseas and neighbouring health authorities to monitor the latest developments.
    "The cluster in Korea signifies that human-to-human transmission of MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in health-care settings and among close contacts can occur. The WHO has warned that failure in infection control and prevention measures in health-care settings could result in a large number of secondary cases. Nosocomial transmission can be stopped by strict adherence to basic infection control and prevention measures. The public and the health-care sector should pay special attention," a spokesman for the DH said.

    "According to the WHO, among the recently exported cases who reported performing Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), investigation revealed that they had either visited a health-care facility or had come into contact with camels or raw camel products while in the KSA. As Ramadan will begin in mid-June, pilgrims preparing to go to the KSA for Umrah should be vigilant against MERS," the spokesman said.

    Travellers returning from the Middle East who develop respiratory symptoms should wear face masks, seek medical attention and report their travel history to the doctor. Health-care workers (HCWs) should arrange MERS-CoV testing for them. Patients' lower respiratory tract specimens should be tested when possible and repeat testing should be undertaken when clinical and epidemiological clues strongly suggest MERS.

    Early identification of MERS-CoV is important, but not all cases can be detected in a timely manner, especially mild or atypical cases. HCWs should maintain vigilance and adhere to strict infection control measures while handling suspected or confirmed cases to reduce the risk of transmission to other patients, HCWs or visitors. Regular training and education should be provided.

    "We strongly advise travel agents organising tours to the Middle East to abstain from arranging camel rides and activities involving direct contact with camels, which are a known risk factor for acquiring MERS. Travellers should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, and avoid contact with animals, especially camels, birds, poultry or sick people during travel," the spokesman said.
    "Scientific evidence supports the premise that camels are the primary source of MERS-CoV resulting in human infection. A study further suggested that human MERS-CoV infections could be transmitted through close contact with infected camels," the spokesman added.
    Locally, the DH's surveillance mechanism with public and private hospitals, with practising doctors and at boundary control points is firmly in place. Suspected cases identified will be sent to public hospitals for isolation and management until their specimens test negative for MERS-CoV. The DH has also kept ethnic minority and religious groups updated of the disease status and necessary preventive measures.
    "MERS is a statutorily notifiable infectious disease and the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch is capable of detecting the virus. No human cases have been recorded in Hong Kong so far," the spokesman said.
    "The Government will be as transparent as possible in the dissemination of information. Whenever there is a suspected case, particularly involving patients with travel history to the Middle East, the CHP will release information to the public as soon as possible," the spokesman added.
    Travellers are reminded to take heed of personal, food and environmental hygiene:
    * Avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels;
    * Avoid contact with animals (especially camels), birds, poultry or sick people during travel;
    * Wash hands regularly before and after touching animals in case of visits to farms or barns;
    * Do not consume raw or undercooked animal products, including milk and meat, or foods which may be contaminated by animal secretions, excretions (such as urine) or products, unless they have been properly cooked, washed or peeled;
    * Seek medical consultation immediately if feeling unwell;
    * Avoid visits to health-care settings with MERS patients;
    * Wash hands before touching the eyes, nose and mouth, and after sneezing, coughing or cleaning the nose; and
    * Wash hands before eating or handling food, and after using the toilet.

    The public may visit the pages below for more information and health advice:

    * The CHP's MERS page (;
    * Geographical distribution of MERS cases in the Middle East (;
    * The MERS page of the DH's Travel Health Service (;
    * The CHP Facebook Page (;
    * The CHP YouTube Channel (; and
    * The WHO's latest news (
    Tour leaders and tour guides operating overseas tours are advised to refer to the CHP's health advice on MERS (
    Ends/Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Centre for Health Protection - DH closely monitors two additional MERS cases in Korea


    • #3
      from the South Korea CDC - 2 new patients and 1 close contact traveled to China:
      Homers party nationals suspected one people to leave China
      2015-05-28 [Last Updated: 2015-05-28] 462
      Hwangsangcheol Centers for Disease Control infectious diseases 外 Management Division
      Homers party nationals suspected one people to leave China

      Close contacts of the patient and the family of the first third, fourth patient is currently staying in China
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Director: Ms. byeongguk) is the first patient to self-doubt Homers close contacts (44, third son of the patient, the patient's fourth brother) confirmed by the fact that in the last 26 days leave 27 days in China and, IHR in accordance with the provisions WPRO and receive diagnostic tests and therapy notify measures were Chinese health authorities, the national contact tracing investigation revealed that the isolation and observation. * IHR: International Health Rules, WPRO: World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office Father 5.16 days (the third patient) visits the hospital for sympathy B Patients stay in the same room with the first (4 hours approximately) 5.19 days fever symptoms occur 5.22 days OO visited a hospital emergency room (37.7 ℃) 5.25 days OO visited a hospital emergency room (38.6 ℃) Homers ensure patient contact force, encouraged doctors to cancel China trip 5.26 days via Hong Kong Mainland China Inbound China trip 5.27 days for public health medical report, notify the Chinese 5.27 to 5.28 days during the Chinese health authority inspections Geumbeon causes of the situation, but you do not find that suspicious characters in the initial epidemiological investigation process, the following facts were confirmed in the investigation process contact with the path of the suspected cases. First, all the family in the early epidemiological studies (third and fourth patients) 5.16 days its first patient self-doubt does in fact reveal the ward visit Second, the self-doubt with symptoms such as fever started in 5.19 days, 5.22 days visiting his doctor for medical care first Homers facts reveal that it has no contact with the patient and the Homers infections occur among his family Third, 5.25 days, accompanied by his wife in the second practice, but said that his father throw-Mer confirmed, the US accepted the recommendation of medical doctors refrain trip to China Fourth, the medical doctor and 5.25 days whether the suspected person Homers relevant epidemiological facts also do not report it immediately, delayed 5.27 days to report to the health authorities Therefore, Centers for Disease Control is added in order to prevent domestic propagation, Mrs. OO ① and medical staff 10 people self-isolation ② 5.26, the corresponding flight passenger lists and ensure close Passengers 28 people identified ③ can take action, such as contacts identified 180 people from the same workplace, In order to thoroughly examine the possibility of additional patients confirmed cases and close contacts, ④ first contact with the patient as a secondary power source and propagator person interview again confirmed the power of detail in close contact with and, ⑤ operates a call center was reported to receive direct contact with any cases that may have been missing ever from the community * Commitment and mobilize all the human resources available to minimize the normal work of the Centers for Disease Control and Epidemiology in Homers price Liza party administration (city, including epidemiological investigators also mobilized) The first patients identified so far in addition to secondary infections and four people in two patients, a secondary infection from the first patient is identified as being added to the National hospital said the hospital care beds. All patients identified so far is a strong infectious patient first secondary cases infected propagation from the propagation case is being added from the secondary infections that are not checked The first patient was 5.11 days and the symptoms are expressed from practices that can be propagated by contact with others until 5.20 days Mer throw confirmed, In particular, secondary infections are caused by intensive, disseminative the strongest, the most severe respiratory symptoms including pneumonia are estimated to exist when (5.15 to 17 days, 3 days)
      1 68 / M A, B, C, D Hospital 5.11 to 5.18 (propagation time possible) 5.15 to 5.17 (maximum propagation time) 5.11 days (7-14 days) Index case 5.4 일 immigration, 5.20 Confirmed
      2 63 / F B hospitals 5.15 to 5.17 5.19 days (2-4 days) Disclaimer of Index case
      3 76 / M B hospitals 5.16 (4 hours) 5.20 days (4 days) Using the same room with Index case
      4 46 / F B hospitals 5.16 (4 hours) 5.25 days (10 days) Using the same room with Index case (daughter of the third patient)
      5 50 / M C Rep. 5.17 (less than one hour) 5.25 days (8 days) Index case with care physicians
      6 71 / M B hospitals 5.15 to 5.17 (unspecified) 5.24 days (7-9 days) Such as inpatient wards Index case
      7 28 / F B hospitals 5.15 to 5.17 (unspecified) 5.26 days (9-11 days) Index case has been hospitalized medical ward
      Cases that did not meet the criteria or suspected cases, of which he is reported 25-year-old woman said that the test results are negative and no symptoms expected to confirm the doctor's opinion and report the doctor to return to the day-to-day actions.

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      • #4

        1) #1149 - Male, 68, onset May 11, hospitalized in South Korea May 15 & May 20, travel history to Gulf, Bahrain/Saudi Arabia/UAE/Qatar WHO

        2) #1151 - Female, 63, wife of case #1149, South Korea WHO

        3) #1152 - Male, 76, hospital roommate of case #1149, South Korea WHO

        4) #1158 - Female, 46, daughter of case #1152 & contact of case #1149, South Korea

        5) #1160 - Male, 50, doctor, contact of case #1149 for only 1/2 hour, South Korea

        6) #1161 - Male, 71, contact with case #1149, hospitalized, South Korea

        7) #1162 - Female, 28, contact with case #1149, hospitalized, South Korea

        Source: FluTrackers Coronavirus MERS Case List link


        • #5
          According to the CDC notice above it appears 1 person, age 44, who is a contact of a confirmed case,recently traveled to mainland China, via Hong Kong.


          • #6
            South Korean becomes China's first confirmed MERS case

            BEIJING | BY SUI-LEE WEE

            China said on Friday a South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in the 38 people who had close contact with him.

            Authorities in South Korea said earlier that the man had skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China.

            The World Health Organization said on Friday 10 people in South Korea were confirmed as having MERS, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread. The UN agency said that it was not recommending screening of passengers or that travel or trade restrictions be imposed on South Korea due to the outbreak.

            BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday a South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in the
            "Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights that must be our call to arms"
            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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