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Press Release (June 27)

  • Date : 2015-06-27
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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

182

90

31**

61***

Increase or decrease

(June 27)

1*

9

0

- 8

*The 182nd case is a nurse at the Kyung Hee University Hospital in Gangdong-gu, Seoul, and is now being under epidemiological investigation.

** Age, sex and comorbidity of deaths

- Sex: Male 21 (67.7%), female 10 (32.3%)

- Age above 60 year old: 26 (84%)

- 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 29 (93.5%).

*** The states of 48 cases are stable and those of 13 cases unstable.

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

Status of quarantine

Under Quarantine

Finished

Sum

Home

Institution

Total

2,467

1,959

508

12,958

Increase or decrease (June 27)

-464

-213

- 251

755

¨ Update on Hospitals Under Strict Control

-A quarantine for MERS on Good Gang-An Hospital (Busan) was lifted on June 27, after the Immediate Response Team checked the symptoms of individuals inside the hospital and concluded that they had no symptoms.

-As a patient was confirmed with MERS at the same hospital on June 25, however, the 36 quarantined individuals were decided not to be released until July 9.

-The total number of hospitals under strict control freed from quarantine increased to 9.

¨ In Relation to Protective Equipment for Medical Staff at Samsung Medical Center (Seoul)

-According to the MERS response guidelines published by the government on June 7, medical professional and staff such as doctors and nurses are strongly recommended to wear personal protective equipment (e.g., N 95 masks, gloves, goggles, or face masks, and gowns covering sleeves).

-As medical staff was found to have been infected with MERS while treating confirmed MERS cases, the government also sent the official notice, on June 18, that medical staff must wear D-level protective equipment before treating MERS cases.

-To make sure that medical staff at Samsung Medical Center get enough protective equipment to use, the government provided the hospital with 1,000 D-level sets on June 6; 7,000 sets on June 16; 7,500 sets on June 20; 8,000 sets on June 22.

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