MERS coronavirus in South Korea causing considerable concern

Although new cases of the respiratory virus MERS coronaviru are being reported in South Korea, the World Health Organization has noted that, at present, there is currently no indication that the virus is behaving differently compared to how it has behaved in the past and that there is no indication of any sustained transmission from person to person in the community. The total number of cases has reached 122, but almost all of the cases acquired their infection through very close personal contact with a case of MERS or while staying in or visiting health care facilities where a MERS case was being treated..

Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is exceedingly low at present, and there is no need to cancel planned trips to South Korea. The World Health Organization has not issued any travel restrictions for this country.

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