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An Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection in South Korea, 2015.

Choi JY - Yonsei Med. J. (2015)

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Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine and AIDS Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. seran@yuhs.ac.

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Between May and July 2015, there was an unexpected outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in South Korea... The outbreak has emerged as the largest one outside the Middle East... Infection prevention and control measures in hospitals were not optimal... Extremely crowded emergency rooms and multi-bed rooms contributed significantly to nosocomial infection in some hospitals... Several super-spreading events, which happened within hospitals from patients 1, 14, 16, and 76, contributed to 80% of all subsequent cases... As well, whole genome sequencing of the MERS-CoV from this outbreak did not identify any major mutations different from global MERS-CoV... Strong infection control measures, including robust contact tracing, active surveillance, quarantine and isolation, have been applied to control the outbreak, since the initial recognition of the outbreak by the Korean government... This large and complex outbreak, which arose in crowded hospitals within metropolitan cities, exposed several problems with the Korean healthcare system, including emergency preparedness and response systems by the government, as well as infection prevention and control measures in hospitals... To prevent recurrence of a similar situation, we should not only seek to improve and strengthen such systems and measures, but also to develop trained experts and proper facilities... In addition, the outbreak raised several research questions on the epidemiology, virology, pathogenesis, infection control, and treatment of MERS-CoV infection that await answering... Research into the Korean outbreak will provide valuable lessons for better global public health.

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Transmission linkage of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, May to July 2015 (n=186).
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Figure 1: Transmission linkage of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, May to July 2015 (n=186).

Mentions: Between May and July 2015, there was an unexpected outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in South Korea. The outbreak has emerged as the largest one outside the Middle East. As of July 20, there have been 186 laboratory-confirmed MERS cases, including 36 deaths, 136 recovered individuals discharged from the hospital, and 14 patients who remain in hospitals (Fig. 1).12


An Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection in South Korea, 2015.

Choi JY - Yonsei Med. J. (2015)

Transmission linkage of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, May to July 2015 (n=186).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Transmission linkage of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, May to July 2015 (n=186).
Mentions: Between May and July 2015, there was an unexpected outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in South Korea. The outbreak has emerged as the largest one outside the Middle East. As of July 20, there have been 186 laboratory-confirmed MERS cases, including 36 deaths, 136 recovered individuals discharged from the hospital, and 14 patients who remain in hospitals (Fig. 1).12

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Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine and AIDS Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. seran@yuhs.ac.

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Between May and July 2015, there was an unexpected outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in South Korea... The outbreak has emerged as the largest one outside the Middle East... Infection prevention and control measures in hospitals were not optimal... Extremely crowded emergency rooms and multi-bed rooms contributed significantly to nosocomial infection in some hospitals... Several super-spreading events, which happened within hospitals from patients 1, 14, 16, and 76, contributed to 80% of all subsequent cases... As well, whole genome sequencing of the MERS-CoV from this outbreak did not identify any major mutations different from global MERS-CoV... Strong infection control measures, including robust contact tracing, active surveillance, quarantine and isolation, have been applied to control the outbreak, since the initial recognition of the outbreak by the Korean government... This large and complex outbreak, which arose in crowded hospitals within metropolitan cities, exposed several problems with the Korean healthcare system, including emergency preparedness and response systems by the government, as well as infection prevention and control measures in hospitals... To prevent recurrence of a similar situation, we should not only seek to improve and strengthen such systems and measures, but also to develop trained experts and proper facilities... In addition, the outbreak raised several research questions on the epidemiology, virology, pathogenesis, infection control, and treatment of MERS-CoV infection that await answering... Research into the Korean outbreak will provide valuable lessons for better global public health.

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