The outbreak in South Korea seems to be winding to a close, with just four cases reported over the past two days. There are now 24 deaths from 166 cases (14.5%), with the caveat that probably over half of the cases would not have recovered from their illness yet. I would nonetheless expect the final case […]

MERS-CoV cases in South Korea now stand at 162, with 20 deaths (12.3%). There were 4 and 8 cases confirmed on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Yahoo! News reported that a few of the new patients had not been under quarantine, despite being known contacts of cases. Two-thirds of the infected patients are male, and the […]

The case count had risen to 150, with 16 deaths (10.7%, although most of the infected cases are unlikely to have recovered) as of 14th June 2015. The majority of schools in South Korea that had been closed as a precautionary measure have re-opened yesterday. Samsung Medical Centre, from which close to 50% of all […]

The case count in South Korea continues to increase, with 138 cases and 14 deaths to date. There is at least one other hospital with cases reported (Good Morning Hospital in Pyeongtaek), but no community transmission to date. The only non-hospital-acquired cases are close family contacts of cases, as well as a newly-reported transmission in […]

An enduring source of frustration, wonder (and resignation) for those who deal with infectious diseases outbreaks is the vast difference in scale of response to “fast-moving” and “slow-moving” outbreaks.  In “fast-moving” (think SARS, MERS, Ebola, novel influenza, etc.) outbreaks, the public perception of risk is far greater than the actual risk of the disease, and […]

There are currently 108 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection in South Korea, with 9 deaths. The youngest person that has died to date is a 57-year-old woman hospitalised at St. Mary’s Hospital at Pyeongtaek, whereas the eldest is an 82-year-old man at Kon Yang University Hospital. Transmission has been reported at a 7th healthcare institution […]

As of early this morning (presumably including cases up to Sunday 7th June), there are now 87 cases of MERS-CoV infection in South Korea, with 6 deaths. The updated list of cases is at the Flutrackers forum here. There is also a list of 24 hospitals that is managing or had been visited by patients with MERS, […]

The MERS-CoV outbreak in South Korea has expanded to 50 cases with 4 deaths as of 5th June 2015. I have not included a transmission tree this time as the details of 7 of the 9 cases reported yesterday are not available. The Ministry of Health Singapore had announced on 3rd June 2015 that patients […]

Other than the WHO statements, there are a number of English websites tracking the South Korean MERS-CoV outbreak, the most updated ones being Avian Flu Diary and the Flutrackers forum. CIDRAP also provides fairly detailed coverage. The case count is now apparently at 35 (as of 3rd June 2015) with 2 deaths, and I have […]

The evolving outbreak of the Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea is the largest to date outside the Middle Eastern countries, involving 12 persons to date (including one that had – ignoring the advice of South Korean health officials – flown to Hong Kong on 26th May and then to Huizhou via Shenzhen […]