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(2nd LD) Suspected MERS case involving UAE national tests negative

All Headlines 18:10 April 13, 2016

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SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspected of having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has tested negative for the disease, South Korea's medical authorities said Wednesday.

The UAE national, who arrived in South Korea on Friday, visited Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in northern Seoul at 2 a.m. this morning after complaining of a "severe fever."

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) conducted on her phlegm and blood samples yielded negative results for MERS, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. There is currently no vaccine or treatment available for the respiratory disease.

The woman has since been transferred to the National Medical Center in central Seoul, where she will receive treatment for fever, coughing and throat pains, which have eased since her first hospital visit, medical authorities said.

The KCDC said it will conduct a second PCR after 48 hours, as per its protocol for MERS prevention.

As of Wednesday, there have been 77 suspected MERS cases this year in South Korea, all of which have tested negative.

colin@yna.co.kr
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