More Than 900 Schools Close To Prevent Spread Of Deadly MERS Virus

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, also known as ‘camel flu’, has so far claimed the lives of two people in South Korea and forced more than 1,300 into quarantine as a fresh outbreak continues to circulate in the Middle East – with travellers carrying it to other parts of the world. As a matter of drastic action, it was announced today by South Korea’s eduction ministry that more than 900 schools have been shut to help boost the desperate preventative measures put in place. The spread of the virus took the Asian country by surprise when the first case of the latest outbreak was reported on May 20. A 58-year-old woman was the first person to die from the infection after she tested positive for MERS on Monday.The second fatality was a 71-year-old man, who had been on respiratory support with a history of kidney ailments.Their deaths came as The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed five new cases of the virus – bringing the total number of infected people to 35.

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