Korea’s health ministry reported five new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday (Jun 15), taking the total to 150 in an outbreak with 16 fatalities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Tuesday (Jun 16) on South Korea’s “large and complex” outbreak of MERS. The Samsung Medical Centre, a prominent hospital in the capital, said it was suspending all non-emergency surgery and would not take in new patients to focus on stopping MERS after more than 70 cases were traced to it.
It’s tally has surpassed the number at a hospital in Pyeongtaek, where the first patient sought treatment.
All of South Korea’s cases are believed to be linked to hospitals or related services and have been traced back to the businessman who returned from the Middle East.