S. Korea reports two additional MERS cases

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SEOUL: South Korea confirmed two more MERS cases Friday, bringing the total number of patients infected with the potentially deadly virus to nine, though none are in critical condition, health officials said. The infections were all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China. Symptoms may range from flu-like aches and pains to pneumonia and kidney failure.

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