Between 4 and 7 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

South Korea

Additional information on the outbreak in Korea

To date, a total of 186 MERS-CoV cases, including 33 deaths, have been reported. One of the 186 cases is the case that was confirmed in China and also notified by the National IHR Focal Point of China.

The median age of the cases is 55 years old (ranging from 16 to 87 years old). The majority of cases are men (59%). Twenty-six cases (14%) are health care professionals. To date, all cases (excluding the index case) have been linked to a single chain of transmission and are associated with health care facilities.

Public health response

The government of the Republic of Korea continues to implement intense case and contact management activities. As of 7 July, 674 contacts are being monitored while a total of 15,669 contacts have been released. New contacts continue to be added on a daily basis as they are identified.

Global situation

Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,366 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 487 related deaths.