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S. Korean in Slovakia tests negative for MERS

All Headlines 04:20 June 15, 2015

BRATISLAVA, June 14 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean man, quarantined in Slovakia as a suspected case of MERS, has tested negative for the virus, but will remain quarantined pending an additional test, an official said Sunday.

The 38-year-old man was put into quarantine Saturday as he showed such symptoms as diarrhea, fever and lesions on his skin, which are all signs of the viral infection, after arriving in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on June 3.

Four blood tests were conducted on him, with three of them showing negative for the virus. But the fourth test produced no clear results and therefore an additional test will be conducted, South Korean Ambassador to Slovakia Park Sang-hoon said.

The man will remain quarantined pending the results of testing, he said.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Since the discovery of the first MERS case in South Korea last month, the virus has spread quickly to a total of 145 confirmed cases and 15 deaths as of Sunday, making the country the worst-hit outside the Middle East and the second-largest outbreak after Saudi Arabia.

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