Aljazeera reports the suspension of services at two hospitals in Seoul, South Korea, as the hospitals appeared to be the epicenters of MERS. The source says that more than 170 people are thought to have contracted the MERS virus at one of these two hospitals and just a few were infected outside these epicenters of the disease.
The disease entered the country in May this year with a man returning from Saudi Arabia and has spread rapidly within a month time.
This level of MERS infection in South Korea makes stark contradiction to the assurance of the World health Organization (WHO) that MERS isn’t going to be a global public health threat despite killing hundreds of people in Saudi Arabia and abroad and spreading to five continents. The new outbreaks have again undermined WHO’s credibility and rung alarms of a MERS pandemic.