Suspected MERS cases test negative; 1 result awaited: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday that among the 28 suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Taiwan, 27 have tested negative, while one result is still outstanding.
The remaining test result will become available in the next day or two, CDC Deputy DirectorGeneral Chou Jih-haw said.
Since the first MERS infection was reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, there have been 40 suspected cases reported in Taiwan but they have all tested negative, excluding the one outstanding result, the CDC said.
South Korea was hit by the deadly disease in May and since confirmed 64 cases that caused 5 deaths, according to CDC data.
As of June 7, 2,361 people were in quarantine in South Korea, of whom 560 have been released.
Taiwan has issued a travel alert for South Korea, warning people to stay alert during trips there and has advised travelers returning from MERS affected countries to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
MERS, which is caused by a virus, affects the respiratory system, and most patients develop severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
World Health Organization (WHO) data showed that since the first MERS infection was reported in Saudi Arabia in September 2012, there have been 1,195 confirmed cases around the world so far this year, 448 of them fatal, the CDC said.
Saudi Arabia has had the highest number of MERS deaths, followed by the United Arab Emirates and South Korea, the data showed.