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Death toll of MERS reaches 37 in S. Korea

All Headlines 13:50 October 25, 2015

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean patient of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) died Sunday, officials said, raising the nation's death toll from the outbreak to 37.

The 152nd patient, who died at 1:52 a.m., was recovering from the aftereffects of MERS after testing negative earlier.

Officials said the patient got a lung transplant to help after suffering from MERS but failed to recover fully.

Since the country reported its first MERS case on May 20, the disease has infected 186 people, killing 37 of them.

Following the latest death, the fatality rate of the disease went up to 19.9 percent in South Korea from the previous 19.4 percent.

MERS is a viral disease that is still fairly new to humans. No vaccine or treatment is currently available for the disease, a reason for the high fatality rate of around 36 percent globally.

There currently is only one MERS patient in South Korea. The 35-year-old tested negative for the virus on Sept. 30 and again on Oct. 1 but tested positive recently.

colin@yna.co.kr
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