MERS

-Total number of cases now stands at 162: 124 currently receiving treatment (77 percent), 19 discharged (12 percent), 19 dead (12 percent).

-Of the 124 receiving treatment: 106 in stable condition (85 percent), 18 reportedly unstable (15 percent).

-8 additional cases and 2 additional discharges compared to previous day’s [16 Jun 2015] numbers, no new fatalities.

-76 has contracted the virus nosocomially, 58 have come in contact in-facility while visiting family, and 28 are of hospital personnel.

Overview of Confirmed Cases

– The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s MERS-CoV Task Force has announced 8 new cases of MERS-CoV – bringing the total tally up to 162

– The number of total patients currently undergoing treatment has increased by 6 since yesterday and currently stands at 124 (77 percent of total); the number of discharged patients has increased by 2 and stands at 19 (12 percent); the fatality count remains unchanged at 19 (12 percent).

South Korea MERS New Cases

– 8 additional cases have been confirmed since yesterday

– Patients no. 155, 156, and 157 have all come in contact with the virus while being hospitalized at Samsung Medical Center emergency room between 26 – 29 May 2015.

– Patient no.158 contracted the virus while visiting a family member at Samsung Medical Center emergency room on 27 May 2015

– Patient no.159 was hospitalized in the same ward as Patient no.15 at Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital between 27-29 May 2015.

– Patient no.160 was working as medical faculty at Kyung Hee University Medical Center emergency room at the time of Patient no. 76’s admission to said emergency room on 5 Jun 2015.

– Patient no.161 was hospitalized in the same ward as Patient no. 17 at Pyeongtaek Good Morning Hospital on 27 May 2015.

– Patient no.162 was reportedly working as medical faculty at Samsung Medical Center, with details soon to follow.

New Discharges

– Patients no. 4 (46 year old female) and 12 (49 year old female) have been discharged on 16 Jun 2015, bringing the total number of discharges to 19.

– Discharges underwent various courses of symptomatic treatments, such as antibiotic and anti-viral treatment. The patients were cleared for discharge after signs of respiratory distress and fever subsided, and confirmatory tests resulted negative.

– Out of 19 total discharged patients, 11 (58 percent) are male with 8(42 percent) being female; 10 have been in their 40s (53 percent), 3have been in their 50s (16 percent), while 2 patients each have been in their 20s and 70s (11 percent each)

New Fatalities

– No new fatalities have been reported as of 16 Jun 2015.

– 14 of the reported fatalities have been male, while 5 have been female; in terms of age distribution, the lion’s share of the fatalities have been in their 70s with 7 (37 percent) fatalities, followed by 6 (32 percent) fatalities in their 60s, 3 (16 percent) fatalities in their 50s, and 2 (11 percent) in their 80s.

– 17 out of the 19 fatalities (89 percent) were elderly, immunocompromised, and/or suffering from pre-existing conditions such as COPD, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes.

Modes of Transmission and Demographic Characteristics

– A categorical analysis on the modes of transmission of the 162 total cases reveals:

– Nosocomial infection is the most common mode of transmission at 47 percent (76 cases), infections as a result of hospital visits by family members comprise 36 percent of total cases (58), while infections of faculty and other medical personnel is report to be at 17 percent (28)

– Male infectees comprise 61 percent of the total cases (99), and females, 39 percent (63)

– Total distribution by age of all cases is as follows: 33 patients each (20 percent) are in their 50s and 60s, 30 patients (19 percent) are in their 40s, 26 are in their 70s (16 percent), while 23 are in their 30s (14 percent).

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