S. Korea heaves sigh of relief at patient analyzed as MERS negative

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2017-05-29 15:53 Updated : 2017-05-29 15:57
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[Aju News Db]


South Korea's health authorities gave out a sigh of relief as the medical test results of a female patient who showed symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) turned out to be negative.

A hospital in Gwangju, some 260 kilometers (164 miles) south of Seoul, went on a full alert when the 60-year-old reported last week that she is suspected of being infected with the deadly infectious disease during a trip to a Middle East country.

She complained of high fever but doctors found in their initial test that the lady has infected with the influenza A virus. Health authorities kept her in isolation for further tests.

MERS caused chaos and panic among South Koreans in 2015 when an outbreak took place after a patient visited Bahrain. For almost a year until July 2016, thousands were isolated at homes and temporary hospital wards, 186 people were diagnosed with MERS, 38 died.

A nationwide campaign to raise awareness on personal hygiene was carried with people avoiding crowded places and wearing face masks in public areas. Personal hand cleaners became popular.

Park Sae-jin = swatchsjp@ajunews.com