U.S. Forces Korea is encouraging the military community to observe personal hygiene to avoid transmission of a relatively new disease that has killed two people in South Korea, prompting some schools to close Wednesday and the president to convene an emergency meeting.
Some 30 people have been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the past two weeks. Symptoms include fever, severe cough and shortness of breath, with a death rate of 30 percent to 40 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
No cases of MERS have been reported among U.S. troops, family members or Department of Defense civilians, according to the 65th Medical Brigade.
In a statement Wednesday, USFK said its medical leaders are working closely with South Korean public health authorities and U.S. military leadership in the continental U.S. to monitor and contain the outbreak in South Korea.