Breaking: Suspected MERS patient dies

By: Lee Ji-hye

A patient with symptoms similar to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has died, hospital officials in Gyeonggi Province said Monday.

They stated that the patient, who had physical contact with the first person to have been diagnosed with MERS, had been admitted to the hospital and was pronounced late Monday afternoon.

Officials have yet to confirm if the death was directly caused by MERS, and plan to launch an epidemiologic investigation to determine further details.

Health officials stated that the cause of death remains unconfirmed.

“It is clear that the person has died, but he had not been diagnosed with MERS; he was just a suspected case,” an official said.

“We can confirm that he had physical contact with the first patient to have been diagnosed with MERS.”


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