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The Korean Centers for Disease Control reported an additional 12 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases (computer translated), bringing the total cases to 138. In addition, an additional fatality has also been reported putting the tally at 14 since the first patient was reported on May 20.

 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) /CDC

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) /CDC

National authorities are implementing containment strategy which consists in early detection of cases, early isolation and contact tracing. As of 12 June 2015, 3,680 contacts have been identified (3,453 are under home monitoring and 227 under facility monitoring) and 1,249 contacts have been released.The large number of contacts currently being monitored makes the detection of at least some further cases inevitable.

In addition, on 10 June, public health authorities in Korea carried out a MERS-CoV screening day in about 3,000 health care facilities to proactively detect cases.

In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory on June 11 to provide updated guidance to state health departments and healthcare providers in the evaluation of patients for MERS-CoV infection, which have been revised in light of the current situation in the Republic of Korea.

 

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