South Korea: 19th Victim Dies From MERS Virus; More Than 235+ People Infected, Officials Say

South Korea says it will begin plasma treatment trials, which will use blood from patients who fought off the infection to treat new cases. The country’s first MERS case was confirmed on May 20.


Deaths: 19
Infected: 235+
Quarantined: 1500+
Monitored: 4000+

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers)

  • Mers is caused by a coronavirus, a type of virus which includes the common cold and Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome).
  • First cases emerged in the Middle East in 2012, and the first death in Saudi Arabia in June that year.
  • It is not known for certain how it is transmitted. It is possible the virus is spread in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Patients have a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, but Mers can also cause pneumonia and kidney failure.
  • Approximately 36% of reported patients with Mers have died – there is no vaccine or specific treatment.


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Sasha Perkins

Administrative Assistant and Journalist at the Pluto Daily since 2012.