SEOUL South Korea’s health ministry said on Wednesday said about MARS cases, “Two more people have died in country outbreak of its Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Thirteen new infections have also been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 108.”

“The two deaths, both cancer patients, bring the number of fatalities to nine. All of those who died had been suffering serious ailments before they tested positive for the MERS virus”, the ministry reported.

Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train in Seoul
Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train in Seoul

“The new cases were all linked to hospitals”, the ministry said.

All of those who died had been suffering serious ailments before they tested positive for the MERS virus, the ministry said, including the latest two who were both cancer patients.

South Korea’s MERS Virus infections have all been traced to a man who developed MERS after returning from a trip to the Middle East in early May, and who came into contact with other patients at a hospital before being diagnosed.

The outbreak has caused public alarm with more than 2,200 schools closing or suspending classes. Around the region some countries have issued advisories against travel to South Korea or stepped up screening of inbound passengers.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which began work on Tuesday on a joint mission with South Korea to analyze the virus and review the country’s response, has yet to recommend any curbs on travel or trade with South Korea.

Around the region, some countries have issued advisories against travel to South Korea or stepped up screening of inbound passengers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which began work on Tuesday on a joint mission with South Korea to analyses the virus and review the country’s response, has yet to recommend any curbs on travel or trade with South Korea.

South Korea’s new cases bring the total number of MERS cases globally to 1,257 reported by World Health Organisation (WHO) data, with at least 448 related deaths.

The country has the second highest number of cases after Saudi Arabia, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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