South Korea reports new MERS case after 4 days of hiatus
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea on Thursday, July 2 reported a new case of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after 4 days in which no cases were spotted.
It brought to 183 the total number of people diagnosed with MERS in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
The latest case involved a nurse from Seoul's Samsung Medical Center, the health ministry said.
The hospital, which has so far accounted for almost half of all confirmed cases, declared a 10-day suspension of most health services last month to stem the spread of the virus.
As the hospital continued to report new cases, the shutdown was extended indefinitely.