Outbreaks and emergencies

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Summary of MERS statistics in the Republic of Korea (translated from the www.mers.go.kr website) as of 30 June 2015, 9:00

Up to date summary of MERS statistics in the Republic of Korea is available at http://mers.go.kr/mers/html/jsp/Menu_C/list_C4.jsp


Details for confirmed cases as of 30 June 2015, 9:00


Definitions of cases and close contacts in the Republic of Korea (as of 3 June 2015)

Confirmed case definition

A person with laboratory confirmation of MERS-CoV infection

Suspected case definition:

  • Fever AND pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome(clinical or radiological evidence) and EITHER
    • A history of travel in the Middle East region 14 days before symptom onset; OR
    • Close contact with a symptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness (not necessarily pneumonia) within 14 days after travelling from the Middle East region
  • Fever AND respiratory illness (cough, dyspnea) AND being in a healthcare facility in the Middle East region 14 days before symptom onset
  • Fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND close contact with a confirmed case while the case was ill
  • Fever AND respiratory illness AND a history of staying in the healthcare facility in which more than 2 cases were confirmed

Close contact definition:
A person not wearing appropriate PPE (gloves, gown, N95 mask, goggles or face mask), AND

  • stayed within 2m of the case; OR
  • stayed in the same room/ward (family member, healthcare worker etc); OR
  • directly contacted respiratory secretions of the case
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