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South Korea Under Scrutiny for MERS Control

One of seven South Koreans recently diagnosed with MERS has chosen against voluntary home quarantine to travel to China, reports Reuters. South Korean health authorities have been criticized for failing to effectively quarantine patients and control the spread of the disease, particularly in light of the previous SARS outbreak. MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as SARS and each lack both a vaccine and a cure. According to the South Korean Health Ministry, there have been 1,142 cases of MERS in 23 countries, predominantly in the Middle East, as of May 16th.


Read the article published by Reuters.