-A 61-year-old business man was diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea
-The informations came directly from the officials at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC)
-The victim came from a three-week business trip in Kuwait and returned Friday
Officials at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported that there is a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome case in South Korea.
A 61-year-old businessman was diagnosed with the highly contagious viral respiratory illness.
The said victim came from a three-week business trip in Kuwait and returned to South Korea this Friday. He was hospitalized with fever and phlegm and has been quarantined at a university hospital.
"Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person," KCDC head Chung Eun-gyeong told press according to ABS-CBN News.
They include medical staff, flight attendants and passengers of the plane the man flew back to South Korea on, she said.
This is the first case of MERS since 2005 in South Korea.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
The virus that causes MERS is called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Coronaviruses are common viruses that most people get some time in their life. Human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate cold-like illnesses. However, MERS-CoV is different from any other coronavirus previously found in people.
Some infected people had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, but most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe respiratory illness. They had fever, cough and shortness of breath. Others reported having gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea and nausea/vomiting, and kidney failure. MERS can even be deadly. Many people have died.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent MERS-CoV infection.
CDC also said that washing hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces may help to protect ourselves from the virus.
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