2 HK press quar­an­tined for MERS af­ter leav­ing Korea

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Two Hong Kong jour­nal­ists who just re­turned from a news cov­er­age mission in South Korea have been quar­an­tined for fear of con­tract­ing the Mid­dle East re­s­pi­ra­tory syn­drome (MERS), ac­cord­ing to a re­port on the Ap­ple Daily’s web­site Sun­day.

The re­port said one of the two re­porters, who cov­ered the MERS out­break out­side of Py­ong­taek St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal south of Seoul, South Korea, had a slight fever upon ar­rival at Hong Kong’s air­port.

The two, who wore masks while cov­er­ing news near the hos­pi­tal, which is at the cen­ter of the cur­rent MERS out­break in South Korea, were sent to Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal in Hong Kong for virus tests, said the re­port.

As of now, no cases of hu­man in­fec­tion of MERS have been re­ported in Hog Kong.

In South Korea, ac­cord­ing to Yong­hap News Agency, the coun­try’s health au­thor­i­ties have or­dered iso­la­tion of 2,361 peo­ple on sus­pi­cion of get­ting in­fected by the MERS coro­n­avirus, of whom 560 have been re­leased from quar­an­tine.

A to­tal of 64 MERS cases have been con­firmed in the North­east Asian coun­try, lead­ing to five deaths, ac­cord­ing to Yon­hap.

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