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Press Release (July 8)

  • Date : 2015-07-08
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¨ Table 1. Current status of MERS cases in Republic of Korea

Classification

of cases

Laboratory- confirmed cases

Discharged

Deaths

Cases Under Treatment

Total

186

119

34*

33**

Increase or decrease

(July 8)

0

1

1

-2

* Age, sex and comorbidity of deaths

- Sex: Male 22 (64.7%), female 12 (35.3%)

- Age above 60 years old: 27 (79.4 %)

- Comorbidity: the number of high-risk patients in old age or with underlying medical conditions such as cardio-cerebrovascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease is 31 (91.2%).

** The states of 24 cases are stable and those of 9 cases unstable.

¨ Table 2. Current status of MERS quarantine in Republic of Korea

Status of quarantine

Under Quarantine

Finished

Sum

Home

Institution

Total

811

643

168

15,761

Increase or decrease (July 8)

137

162

-25

92

¨ A database for MERS study resources such as clinical specimen

- In addition to constant efforts to stop the further spread of MERS-CoV, the government feels the need to build a systematic basis for MERS-related study resources and manage it, in order to effectively and quickly respond to possible infections in the future.

- Study resources such as the causative agent of the viral infection and its clinical specimen as well as infected persons' epidemiological and clinical information will be secured at the right time, and this will lead to building a basis for the use and sharing of infection-related resources among the government and investigators.

- Confirmed MERS cases' clinical information, such as sputum and urine specimens and medical record, and epidemiological study resources will be collected from medical institutions and test agencies, and be used to build a database.

- This will contribute to further scientific study on this infectious disease in the country and elsewhere, which involves early diagnosis and treatment, and the development of vaccine technologies.

¨ In relation to multi-bed rooms in hospitals

- The government will not withdraw its previous plan to increase the number of general multi-bed rooms in large hospitals to 70%, because this makes the public ease the burden of medical expenses and gain easy access to medical services.

- Increasing the number of single or double isolation rooms by subsidizing medical expenses is part of the government's measures against the infectious disease.

¨ In relation to the MERS special committee

- The special committee meeting will be held four times at the National Assembly from July 8 to July 16.

MERS special committee

Date

Content

Participating agencies

Meeting

At 14:00 on July 8,

General meeting

Ministry of Health and Welfare; Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ministry of Public Safety and Security; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

At 10:00 on July10

The first source of the outbreak such as Pyeongtaek St. Mary‘s Hospital

At 10:00 on July 14

The second source of the outbreak such as Samsung Medical Center (Seoul)

At 10:00 on July 16

General Meeting

Ministry of Health and Welfare; Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ministry of Public Safety and Security; Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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