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China's first confirmed MERS case arrived from Korea via Hong Kong - Channel NewsAsia

China's first confirmed MERS case arrived from Korea via Hong Kong - Channel NewsAsia

BEIJING/HONG KONG: China said on Friday a 44-year-old South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him. Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said it was likely the disease would spread as the patient had taken a bus, crossed a busy border checkpoint from Hong Kong and stayed in a hotel before being taken to hospital. "As we have said before, the possibility of MERS transferring into Guangdong is very high," He Jianfeng, director for the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control, told reporters. "In theory, it’s possible to have a second case." He added, however, that 38 people found to have come into contact with the patient hadn't tested positive. First identified in humans in 2012, MERS...

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