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Fourteen additional cases confirmed yesterday (10 June) bring the total the South Korea MERS total to 122,  including a 39-year-old pregnant female tests positive for MERS-CoV. Here are some of the headlines:

  • 8 out of the 9 announced are confirmed to have been infected at Samsung Medical Center between 27-29 May 2015, while the remaining patient is believed to have come in contact with the virus through Patient no. 15 at Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Hospital.
  • Reports also indicate that a pregnant woman (39 years old) is among the newly infected 8 at Samsung Medical Center:
  • This is the 1st case of an infected pregnant woman out of the currently confirmed 122 cases and there is insufficient information regarding how the virus affects pregnancies and vice-versa even overseas, special precautions must be taken for the treatment of pregnant women afflicted with the virus.
  • The CDC in the United States currently lists pregnant women under a special at-risk category alongside those with chronic disorders, the immunocompromised, and the elderly.

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Check out the WHO webpage devoted to this outbreak – well done, easy to capture the data and a quick read.

http://www.wpro.who.int/outbreaks_emergencies/wpro_coronavirus/en/