• S. Korean health chief apologizes over MERS outbreak


    SEOUL: South Korea’s health minister apologized Sunday for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing “utmost efforts” to curb the disease’s spread as the number infected rose to 15. “We apologize for causing concern and anxiety among people due to… our initial judgment on the contagiousness of MERS,” Minister Moon Hyung-Pyo told reporters. Moon added this week would be a “critical period” to contain the spread of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which can cause symptoms ranging from flu-like aches and pains to pneumonia and kidney failure. “We are making our utmost efforts to prevent the further spread of the disease,” Moon said, urging the public not to panic.



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