There were 6 new patients with MERS-CoV infection over the past 3 days of reporting (23rd to 25th June 2015) in South Korea, bringing the total to 181. Deaths now stand at 31 (case fatality rate of 17.1%). One more healthcare institution is now involved – Good Gang-An Hospital in Busan – with a patient who had been a contact of a positive case at Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul, the epicentre of the outbreak in South Korea.

MERS-CoV cases in South Korea according to date of confirmation and hospitals involved.

MERS-CoV cases in South Korea according to date of confirmation and hospitals involved.

Given the slow trickle of cases, the large number of persons still quarantined (now increased 2,931), and the fact that 2 incubation periods must pass without new cases diagnosed before an outbreak is declared over, it looks like the South Korean outbreak will continue on for another 2 months.

There are no cases reported from Thailand – it is 8 days from when the index case was announced.

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