South Korea confirms third case of MERS virus; 64 isolated

Handout transmission electron micrograph shows the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirusBy Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean health officials confirmed the country's third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday, with the two latest cases found in people who had been in contact with the first patient after he returned from the Middle East. Authorities have isolated as a precaution another 64 people who are family members or medical workers treating those three patients, said Yang Byung-guk, director of the health ministry's Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Shin Hyoung-shik, an infectious disease specialist in charge of treating the patients, said the latest two confirmed cases had fevers but no sign of breathing difficulties.


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