MERS South Korea records 36th death from deadly virus

According to South Korean health ministry, the latest fatality, who had lung cancer, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Seoul.

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South Korea has reported its 36th death from the deadly MERS virus.

However there has been no report of new cases of the disease in the past five days.

According to South Korean health ministry, the latest fatality, who had lung cancer, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Seoul.

The country has confirmed 186 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infections while more than 560 people remain in quarantine after possible exposure to the potentially deadly virus.

A total of 125 of those diagnosed with the virus have recovered and been released from hospital.

The latest MERS outbreak started on May 20 when a 68-year-old man was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia.

South Korea has thus far recorded the highest number of cases outside of Saudi Arabia.

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