South Korea reports 7 new MERS cases


SEOUL: South Korea reported Sunday seven new cases of the MERS virus in an outbreak that has killed 14 people, as one citizen was hospitalized in Slovakia after being suspected of carrying the disease there. The new cases put the total number of infections of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea at 145, the health ministry said. Four of the new cases were infected in Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, one of the country’s largest hospitals where more than 70 people have contracted the virus, it said. Separately a paramedic who helped transport a MERS patient to the hospital on June 7 was infected. On Saturday, authorities announced that the ambulance driver also involved in transporting the patient — who died three days later — had also been infected.



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