Korean officials continue to monitor MERS-CoV procedures
The follow-up information focuses on a 35-year-old male patient who twice tested negatively for MERS-CoV. After the negative test results, he was released from the hospital on Oct.3. Unfortunately, he was admitted to the hospital for a second time on Oct. 11 and test results from Oct. 12 showed he had MERS-CoV.
According to the latest reports, the patient has shown progress against the illness.
Health investigators are conducting contact tracing of health care as well as household contacts. It appears that the patient first had exposure to a laboratory-confirmed case on MERS-CoV on May 27. On June 6, he was isolated in a hospital. On June 7, he tested positively for the virus. On July 3, he was sent to a third hospital for further isolation. On Oct.3, two tests showed negative results for MERS-CoV, and he was released from the hospital.
The outbreak of MERS-CoV in South Korea includes 186 cases with 36 fatalities.