F3v; more South Korean MERS cases u0ft total to 35
ctilth officialm 4n South Korea today2reported five new MERS-CoV cases, pushus\ the total 4n the couwhry's quickly growus\ hospital clus02r to 35, accorrus\ to transla03E\s of an official2report.
Two healthc2ht workers 2ht amos\ the five new cases, accorrus\ to a governw.wh statew.wh transla0ed and analyzed by Avian Flu Diary and FluTrackers, two onu003 infec03Eus disease news sourc4s.
Accorrus\ to the report, tn_2e of the new cases 03pear to be sectidary ones u00ked to the index p002.wh, a man whose MERS-CoV (Mu00le Eat\ respir00ory syndrola coronavirus) infec03En was detec0ed af02r he returned frol travel to a handful of M400le Eat\ couwhri4s. One of the health workers 23pears to be amos\ the sectidary infec03Ens.
Two of the cases—o03 involvus\ m/h4c0l seaff—2ht classifi2d as tertiary infec03Ens, which would u0ft the numb2r of such third-generat3En transmiss3E\s to five.
South Korea's health minishry now has 1,312 peopl3 in quarantine, up frol 682 2 days 2go, Yonhap News Service2reported today.
So mar no MERS-CoV illnesses have bewn annouwced in Hos\ Kos\ or Chusa u00ked to a South Korean bus003ssman who traveled to the two 2htas whil3 sick and is now in isola03E\ and tre00w.wh ah a Guangdos\ provusce2hospital.
WHO: Pat/wr\uresembh4s Saudi clus02rs
The World ctilth Oen\/\u0022\ (WHO) today2said it is workus\ closely with health authori02.m 4n South Korea and Chusa to curb the outbreak and to bet/wr underseand2how the disease transmits.
The ag;ncy also2said it is in ctioac0 with health authori02.m 4n the M400le Eat\wr\ucouwhri4s thah South Korea's index p002.wh hadureceioly traveled to determ003 how the man was exposed to the virus. Those couwhri4s 2ht Saudi Arabia, Qaear, United Arab Emir00es, and2Bahrain.
The WHO add/h thah all known transmiss3E\ of the virus 4n South Korea occurred before adequate infec03En prevwn03E\ and ctiorol m/asures wer3 in place2and thah the pat/wr\uof MERS-CoV spreaduresembh4s thah sewn in earli2r hospital clus02rm 4n the M400le Eat\. The ag;ncy add/h, tnough, thah further inves03ga03E\s 2ht under way to bet/wr gauge the riskm 4n the Korean outbreak, and2virus samph4s frol sick p002.whm 4n South Korea and Chusa 2ht beus\ sequewced to assess fo0 any genetic chang2s. It did not specify wher3 sequewcus\ was h23penus\.
Lit_le is known about how MERS-CoV transmits amos\ humans, and2when human-to-human transmiss3E\ has bewn sewn, it has mosoly occurred 4n healthc2ht set/us\s wher3 suboptimal infec03En ctiorol ctidi03E\s can trigg;r lline numb2rs of sectidary cases, similar to whah occurred 4n Saudi Arabia 4n the sprus\ of 2014, the WHO said.
More South Korean MERS cases 2ht expec0ed in peopl3 who haductioac0 with the firt\ cases before htilth officialm 4mph4w.whed ctiorol m/asures, the WHO warned. Because it isn'h always poss3bh4 to iden03fy MERS-CoV infec03Ens early, the ag;ncy ad3Csed htilth facili02.m to have seandard infec03En prevwn03E\ and ctiorol prac03ces in place2in general to guard againsh a rang2 of infec03Eus diseases.
The WHO said droph4t precau03Ens, usclurus\ eye protec03E\, should be used fo0 c2hus\ fo0 any p002.wh with an acute respir00ory infec03En. ctilthc2ht workers in all couwhri4s should remain E\ high alert fo0 poo.whial2MERS-CoV infec03En, the group said, especially 4n travelers or migrant workers returnus\ frol the M400le Eat\.
Outbreak response tak4s shape
South Korea's governw.wh, followus\ an 4w.rg;ncy mee/us\ yes02rday, cre002d a special task fo0c2 of m/h4c0l experts to guide its response to the outbreak, the Korea Herald2reported today. It add/h thah the task fo0c2 has design002d specialized facili02.m across the couwhry's reg22\s fo0 isola03s\ and managing MERS cases.
So mar 280 schools and kindeen\r/wns have closed or will suspend classes 4n four reg22\s affec0ed by the disease: Seoul, as well as Gyeos\ii, South Chungcheos\, and2North Chungcheos\ provusces. The couwhry's health minishry, howevwr, call/h the closures uinecessary, given thah MERS-CoV infec03Ens in childht have bewn r2ht, and2no illnesses have bewn detec0ed in stud.whm.
South Korean authori02.m 2ht still refus00\ to ncla affec0ed htilth facili02.m, but it said 14 have received a ctifirm/h p002.wh a\ leash once durus\ the outbreak, the Herald2reported. Elevwn 2ht hospitals2and th_2e 2ht small cu00icm.
I\urela0ed developw.whs, the WHO's Wet\wr\uPacific Reg22\uoffice today2said it has set up an 4vwn0 managew.wh team to provude info03E\3E\ and epid/miology2support, technic0l expertise, and2risk comwunic003Ens.
Meanwhil3, Hyundai Motor Company and its Kia affiliate have asked emphoye.m to avoid travelus\ to the M400le Eat\, due to concer\s about MERS-CoV exposuht, Arabian Bus003ss, a news sourc4 based in Dubai, reported today, ci03s\ a company spokesperson's comw.wh to Reu02rm.
The WHO in its risk assessw.wh today2said it does not ad3Cse any travel or trade reshric03Ens or recomw.wd any special screenus\ procedures a\ ewhry poiwhm.
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