Lingering effects of MERS kill man, 66

Updated: 2015-10-26 07:58

By Agence France-Presse in Seoul(China Daily)

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Authorities declared outbreak's end in July, but many setbacks emerge

A South Korean man died of complications from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Sunday, the first death linked to the virus in the country in more than three months.

The 66-year-old man was diagnosed in June after contracting the virus at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul - one of the major epicenters of the disease that swept the country between May and July, Seoul's health ministry said.

He was later said to be cured of the disease but had been battling an acute lung ailment that was a complication resulting from the virus.

Lingering effects of MERS kill man, 66

Seoul had declared the outbreak effectively over at the end of July, but earlier this month a 35-year-old man believed to have been cured of the virus was rediagnosed.

That diagnosis dealt a blow to South Korea's hopes of being declared free of the disease that has infected 186 people in the country, killing 36 since its outbreak in May.

The patient is currently under treatment along with four others who were officially cured but are suffering from various health setbacks caused by the disease.

The virus is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed hundreds of people when it appeared in Asia in 2003. The outbreak took a heavy toll on Asia's fourth-largest economy, stifling consumer spending and devastating the tourist sector.

(China Daily 10/26/2015 page10)