South Korea conducts experimental plasma therapy on MERS patients

Jun 16, 2015

South Korea conducts experimental plasma therapy on MERS patients

Two South Korean hospitals are conducting experimental treatment on Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) patients, injecting them with blood plasma from recovering patients, the Health Ministry said Tuesday, as four new cases were reported. The procedure has been conducted on two consenting MERS patients ...

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

Jun 10, 2015

Wedding photo becomes symbol of South Korean MERS scare

A South Korean couple’s special day has become an unexpected symbol of the country’s MERS health scare, after a joke wedding photo with their guests wearing surgical face masks went viral. The picture that flooded South Korean social networking sites showed the young couple ...

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

Jun 9, 2015

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government’s belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven people and infected nearly 100 in the country. ...

South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

Jun 7, 2015

South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

South Korean health officials on Sunday reported 14 more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, bringing the total in the country’s outbreak to 64, and said a fifth person infected with the virus had died. South Korea’s outbreak of the often-deadly MERS virus, first ...

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

| Jun 5, 2015

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

The current frenzy in South Korea over Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade — SARS, which killed hundreds, and bird flu. Sales of surgical masks have surge amid fears of a ...

Mystery of new bird flu virus still unsolved

May 9, 2015

Mystery of new bird flu virus still unsolved

by David Pitt

It’s been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in central states alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that’s endangered turkey and egg-laying ...