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South Korea reaffirms the end of the Middle East respiratory syndrome epidemic in three years

According to the report of the Yonhap News Agency on the 16th, the Korean Disease Management Headquarters announced the end of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) epidemic. This is the end of the epidemic in South Korea after three years.

According to the World Health Organization, the end of the epidemic can only be declared when there are no new cases within 28 days from the date when the last patient's virus test results are negative (twice the longest incubation period). Yonhap said that after a segregation treatment at Seoul National University Hospital on September 8, the virus test results were negative on the 17th of the same month, and it took just 28 days from the 17th to the present. As a result, the Korea Disease Management Headquarters announced on the same day that the MERS epidemic alert triggered by the patient was officially closed.

The report said that the Korea Disease Management Headquarters still reminded the public to take precautions and urge citizens who travel to the Middle East to develop hygienic habits such as washing hands and avoid visiting the farm or contacting camels, not eating uncooked camel or camel oil. Try not to go to a local medical institution. At the same time, the questionnaires were truthfully filled in when entering the country, and actively cooperated with quarantine work.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus was first discovered in Saudi Arabia in September 2012. Compared with the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), atypical pneumonia, this virus is a coronavirus with weaker transmission but a higher mortality rate.

According to Xinhua News Agency's previous report, in May 2015, the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome occurred in South Korea. In just three weeks, the epidemic spread rapidly in South Korea. The epidemic lasted for 7 months, causing 187 infections, 38 of which were dead, nearly 17,000 were isolated, society was in chaos, and the economy was hit.

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