A fourth person has died in South Korea after being diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), health authorities have confirmed.
The 76-year-old man passed Thursday as he was being treated for the virus in a public hospital, the state-backed Yonhap News Agency is reporting.
Public health officials say five new cases of the respiratory virus have been identified. Forty-one people in total have been diagnosed nationwide with the potentially fatal viral disease.
Officials this week also ordered more than 1,500 people to self-quarantine after they unknowingly attended a meeting with a physician who was infected with MERS.
According to CNN, the doctor attended a symposium in Seoul in late May despite experiencing MERS-related symptoms. He was finally diagnosed on June 1.
The outbreak has introduced large-scale anxiety into South Korea, forcing officials to close hundreds of schools and spurring thousands of tourists to cancel scheduled vacations in…
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