South Korea: 1st MERS case reported since 2015

South Korea: 1st MERS case reported since 2015

He returned home Friday from a business trip to Kuwait from August 16 to September 6.

The Disease Control Headquarters and the Seoul Metropolitan Government conducted questionnaire surveys with the Incheon International Airport Quarantine Office and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, including flight crews.

Since the patient's official diagnosis, two Korean nationals now staying in Kuwait have been tested for MERS at a hospital there.

From the airport, the patient went straight to Samsung Medical Center in Seoul by cab.

The Disease Control Headquarters and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are now in contact with airlines and visiting medical institutions to identify the contact persons, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government Local governments are actively managing contacts. She also tested negative.

A total of 21 people, including four medical professionals and a cab driver, have been quarantined at home after the country's first Middle East respiratory syndrome case in three years was reported, health authorities said.

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The man and about 20 people, who came in close contact with him, such as flight attendants, passengers, medical staff, and quarantine and immigration officials, have been quarantined at home, but the number could rise, officials said.

One of them showed symptoms of MERS and is now under quarantine at a local hospital.

The 2015 outbreak resulted in 38 deaths and 186 people testing positive for MERS overall. The outbreak dramatically affected the everyday lives of Koreans at the time, as it sparked a public health scare and dampened consumer spending. Nearly 3,000 schools were shut down in the month of June alone, and more than 125,000 foreign tourists cancelled plans to travel to South Korea, dealing a major blow to the domestic travel industry.

No specific treatment or vaccine is now available for MERS.

It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to other countries.

The public has been advised to call 1339 if they experience MERS symptoms.

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