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S. Korean shows symptoms consistent with MERS after trip to Dubai

All Headlines 18:08 November 03, 2018

CHUNCHEON, South Korea, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean person is currently in quarantine after showing symptoms associated with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) following a recent trip to Dubai, health authorities said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the septuagenarian, whose identity is being withheld, visited a general hospital in Chuncheon, some 85 kilometers east of Seoul, due to fever, according to Kangwon National University Hospital and health authorities.

The patient, whose gender is not known, is said to have traveled to Dubai following trips to Portugal and Spain.

"We are conducting a MERS virus test after putting the patient under quarantine," said a hospital official, adding that the results are expected to come out in five to eight hours.

If the patient tests positive for the MERS virus, it will be the first infection since Sept. 8, when a 61-year-old man was diagnosed with MERS after a business trip to Kuwait. It was the first infection in South Korea since 2015, when 38 people died due to the disease.

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