Gov’t Considering Announcing End to MERS Outbreak in Early August

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South Korea is considering announcing an end to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in early August, if no new cases are confirmed until then, a government official said today.

As of today, South Korea has reported no additional MERS cases for eleven straight days, with no fatalities occurring since Friday.

The number of people diagnosed in the country remained unchanged at 186, with the MERS death toll also staying flat at 36.

Kwon Deok-cheol, head of the central MERS task force, told reporters that while the government accepts recommendations made by the World Health Organization, the task force is in the process of outlining its own assessment of the situation to the U.N. agency.

According to the official, policymakers are considering independently lowering the MERS alert from the current level of ‘caution’ to the lowest level of ‘attention,'”, adding such a move would be the same as announcing the end to the disease.

He did not give dates but hinted that the downgrading of the alert status may be carried out on August 2nd, which would be 28 days after the last confirmed MERS case was diagnosed in the country.

Source: Busan eFM News


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