UK eyes 'Mers cases' as Seoul gives the all-clear
HEALTH officials were investigating two suspected cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) on Monday at a hospital in northern England that briefly closed its emergency department.
This comes even as South Korea yesterday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Mers that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
In England, the two suspected patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary were placed in isolation, but there was no significant risk to others at the hospital or to the general public, Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust said.
"Both patients were isolated for ongoing management of their condition while tests took place. One patient has now been relocated to North Manchester General. Results of the tests are still pending," the hospital said in a statement.
Meanwhile, South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn said the danger posed by what was the biggest outbreak of Mers outside Saudi Arabia was over in his country.
"After weighing various circumstances, the medical staff and the government judge that the people can now be free from worry," he said.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE