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South Korea begins plasma treatment trial for Mers

South Korea begins plasma treatment trial for Mers
South Korea is to begin trials of an experimental plasma treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) which has now killed 19 people.
South Korea began testing the plasma method for MERS, which has now killed 19 people in the country.

 
To date, more than 150 people in the country have been infected with Mers.
Also on Tuesday, Germany reported its first death from the disease.
The 65-year-old man died in a clinic in the north-western city of Osnabruck, German media reports say.
The South Korean health ministry said two hospitals would begin the plasma treatment trials.
The outbreak in South Korea originated from a 68-year-old man who had travelled to the Middle East. He was diagnosed as the country's first Mers patient last month.
Four new cases were reported there on Tuesday, as well as three deaths.
Officials emphasise that the number of new cases is decreasing, but there is still widespread fear and misinformation.
Health workers are spraying disinfectant inside karaoke rooms and other businesses, and teachers are sprinkling salt on school grounds in a misplaced attempt to protect themselves as many schools reopen this week.
There is currently no cure or vaccine that can protect people from Mers.
The disease is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered China's deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) and is most likely spread by coughs and sneezes.

Plasma methods  which uses blood from patients who have successfully fought off the same infection. This treatment has been already effective in treating a number of deadly diseases including Ebola. The Health Ministry of South Korean has appointed two hospitals testing the plasma method for patients with MERS.
To date there have been over 150 people in South Korea infected with MERS. On June 6, Germany reported its first deaths by MERS in this country as well as in Europe. German media said that the patient is a 65 year-old man died in a clinic in the north-western city of Osnabruck.
The outbreak in South Korea derived from a 68 year-old man travelling to the Middle East. He is considered as the first MERS patients in this country last month. There are 4 more new infections and three deaths due to MERS have been reported on this Tuesday.The officials emphasise that the number of new cases is declining but there is still the fear in people.

Many health workers are mobilizing to spray disinfectant inside the karaoke room and other businesses. Some teachers have sprinkled salt on the school yard as a misplaced method to protect themselves when many schools are reopened this week.

There is currently no cure or vaccine that can protect people from the MERS. This disease is caused by a virus, the same virus with the corona which caused SARS outbreak in 2003 in China. It is likely spread t coughing and sneezing.
 
Respiratory syndrome (MERS) with the first shift was found in the Middle East in 2012, the first death case happened in June of that year. There have not yet been a method of transmission this virus but it can be spread in the air when sick people cough or sneeze. Infected people suffer fever, cough and difficulty in breathing and pneumonia symptoms and kidney. About 36% of patients are reported infected with MERS has fatality.
Update : 22-06-2015
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