Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is an ailment caused by a virus known as coronavirus.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is an ailment caused by a virus known as coronavirus.(Photo: iStockphoto)
  • 1. What is MERS?
  • 2. Signs & Symptoms of MERS
  • 3. How Does The Coronavirus Spread?
  • 4. Treatment
  • 5. How Do We Reduce The Risk of Infection?
  • 6. Should India Be Worried?
MERS Explained: What Is It? How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

South Korean authorities on 9 September confirmed the first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus since the outbreak that affected the country in 2015 leaving 187 infected and 38 dead.

The patient, a 61-year-old man, was diagnosed with the virus on 8 September after returning from a business trip in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with transit in Kuwait, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. Around 20 people who were in close contact with the patient, including passengers and crew members of his flight and immigration officers, have been quarantined to prevent the spread of the virus.

Earlier in August 2018, United Kingdom had also confirmed their first case of MERS since 2013. The patient, a resident of Middle East, had flown into the country.

Here’s what you need to know about about the virus.

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