A South Korean hospital at the center of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) will resume normal operations on Monday, the health ministry said, as a health scare that rattled the economy wanes, with no new cases reported since July 4. South Korea’s MERS outbreak was the largest outside Saudi Arabia, with 36 […]

In recent weeks, the threat to South Korea from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has exploded. Over the last 18 months or so, Ebola has hit West Africa hard and penetrated the borders of the United States and Europe. During the previous decade, H1N1 Flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) infected […]

South Korea’s Health Ministry reported on Thursday two more deaths in a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, bringing the number of fatalities to 29.  The ministry also said there was one new case confirmed taking the total to 180 in the outbreak that is the largest outside Saudi Arabia, with all the cases traced […]

The heir-apparent of South Korea’s massive Samsung Group bowed in apology during a nationally televised address on Tuesday for failing to stop the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a Seoul hospital run by a group foundation. About half of the 175 MERS cases in South Korea have been traced to the Samsung […]

A total of 175 people were exposed to Thailand’s only case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the patient’s condition has improved, the health ministry said on Saturday. In a statement, the ministry said it had been in touch with all 175 and had instructed them to stay away from public spaces and for […]

South Korea’s health ministry said on Saturday that no new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had been recorded, the first time in 16 days.  The ministry said on Friday that an outbreak of the disease appeared to have leveled off. There also were no more deaths, the ministry said, leaving the total deaths […]

Thailand confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Thursday, becoming the fourth Asian country to register the deadly virus this year. Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin told a news conference that a 75-year-old businessman from Oman had tested positive for MERS. “From two lab tests we can confirm that the MERS […]

Hwang Jeong-rye went to hospital in Seoul on June 9 for a back problem and has been stuck there ever since – locked in along with 78 others as South Korea scrambles to control an outbreak of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). “It is a prison without bars … It hurts me because […]

An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea shows how easily diseases can spread in a connected world, but is not serious enough to warrant travel bans or other global measures, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday Members of the U.N. body’s emergency committee agreed unanimously that the outbreak, while worrying, did […]

A 65-year-old German man who was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus earlier this year has died in hospital, the health ministry of the German state of Lower Saxony said on Tuesday. The man died in the town of Ostercappeln, north-west Germany on June 6 from complications stemming from the virus, the […]