J Prev Med Public Health.  2015 Nov;48(6):274-276. 10.3961/jpmph.15.064.

Costly Lessons From the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Outbreak in Korea

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sleemd@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the Republic of Korea (hereafter Korea) began on May 11, 2015, a total of 186 persons have been infected by the MERS coronavirus, 38 of whom have died. With this number, Korea becomes second only to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the ranking of cumulative MERS cases. In this paper Korea's unique experience of an outbreak of MERS will be summarized and discussed briefly.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome; Republic of Korea; Outbreak
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