June 09, 2015

"A seventh person has died in South Korea after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), says the health ministry."

BBC The patient was a 68-year-old woman with a pre-existing heart condition, who was infected at the same hospital as all the other victims so far.

'Eight new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, a significant drop from the 23 new cases reported on Monday.

'It is now the biggest outbreak outside the Middle East, with 95 infections.

'Hong Kong said it would issue a red alert against non-essential travel to South Korea. A red alert means there is deemed to be a "significant threat" to those travelling to a country.

'However, the South Korean government believes the fact that all cases have been linked to hospitals which treated known patients means the virus can still be contained.

'All the fatalities have been people who were already unwell.'

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