Sus­pected MERS cases test neg­a­tive; 1 re­sult awaited: CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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