Sunday 24 September 2017

WHO calls for Mers schools to open

South Korean nuns wearing masks as a precaution against Mers. (AP)
South Korean nuns wearing masks as a precaution against Mers. (AP)

Experts from the World Health Organisation and South Korea are urging the reopening of nearly 2,500 schools closed over fears of the deadly Mers virus.

The experts said that schools have not been linked to the transmission of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in South Korea.

The outbreak has killed seven and infected more than 100. But it has occurred only at hospitals. Infections come from close contact with the sick not the air.

Even so, there have been widespread fears and rumours, and more than 2,470 schools have been closed.

South Korean officials this week said they think the outbreak has peaked, but that the next several days would be crucial to determining whether their efforts to isolate infected patients had stymied the disease.

Press Association

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