S Korea president scolds health officials over MERS scare


SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye scolded health officials Monday over their “insufficient” response to an outbreak of the MERS virus, as the number of infections climbed to 18, with nearly 700 under observation. There have been no deaths since the first case was reported on May 20—one elderly patient is described as in a serious condition—but the emergence of the virus has triggered widespread public alarm. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) 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.



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