Four additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported by Korea and five additional cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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

According to the preliminary information of the health authority of Korea, the cases in Korea are: A patient who was hospitalized in the same ward with a confirmed case in Konkuk University Medical Centre on June 6; a patient who had contact with another confirmed case in Samsung Medical Center during the period from May 27 to 29; a family member of a patient who was hospitalised in Bagae Hospital during the period from May 29 to June 6; and a healthcare worker who had contact with three other confirmed cases.

To date, 178 MERS cases have been confirmed by Korea. In addition, another case was exported from Korea to Mainland China. The death toll from MERS in Korea remains at 27.

Meanwhile, according to the WHO, the five cases in KSA involve two men and three women aged 28 to 69 who have underlying illnesses. They had onset of symptoms between May 23 and June 12. One patient has a history of contact with camels as well as consuming their raw milk, while three other patients had visited healthcare facilities with MERS outbreaks and the remaining patient’s history of exposure to known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms is ongoing. All patients are currently hospitalized for treatment. In addition, five previously confirmed patients died.

To date, in addition to the laboratory-confirmed MERS cases involved in the outbreak in Korea, 1 172 cases have been reported to the WHO, including at least 452 deaths. Of note, 1 147 cases globally were confirmed in nine Middle East countries, including 1 031 in the KSA, 74 in the United Arab Emirates, 13 in Qatar, 12 in Jordan, six each in Iran and Oman, three in Kuwait, and one each in Lebanon and Yemen.

Source: Hong Kong CHP