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Korean officer tests positive for MERS at Osan Air Base

Korean officer tests positive for MERS at Osan Air Base

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean air force officer stationed at Osan Air Base is under isolation at a military hospital after testing positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, according to media reports.

However, the military member is not showing symptoms of the illness, such as fever or cough, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to determine as early as Thursday if he has been infected.

Thirty-five South Koreans have been diagnosed with MERS since May 20, and two have died. Yonhap reported some 1,300 people are under isolation at medical facilities or their homes with suspected cases of the disease, which was discovered in 2012 and is transmitted through prolonged contact.

Source: Korean officer tests positive for MERS at Osan Air Base – News – Stripes

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