MERS is worst than THIS ear-virus….
South Korea’s health ministry confirmed on Tuesday (Jun 2) that two people have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the country’s first fatalities from the virus.
A 58-year-old woman, who had been treated as a suspected case of MERS, died of acute respiratory failure on Monday and tests later came back positive for the virus.
The other victim was a 71-year-old man who was confirmed to have the virus several days ago. He died on Tuesday, the health ministry said in a statement.
Six more people were diagnosed with the disease Monday night, it said, bringing the total number of people infected to 25 including the two victims.
The latest outbreak – the largest outside the Middle East – triggered widespread public alarm in the Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed hundreds of people when it appeared in Asia in 2003.
The current outbreak has been traced to a 68-year-old man diagnosed after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia.