In South Korea Concern grows over spread of Mers as man defies quarantine, travels to China

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Local media said that health workers had contacted 35 people who came into close contact with him.

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There is growing concern in South Korea over the growing spread of the cure-less Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus in the country.

So far, 7 people in the country have reportedly been diagnosed with the disease, even as Chinese officials said they had traced the son of a patient who defied quarantine and travelled to China.

Local media said that health workers had contacted 35 people who came into close contact with him.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 20 countries while 2 new cases in South Korea were confirmed on Thursday.

BBC reports that the South Korean health ministry said that all of them had been linked to a man who returned from the Middle East - where Mers is more common.

Mers, which has no cure was first identified in humans in 2012 with the first death recorded in Saudi Arabia.

It is a type of  coronavirus  from the same family as Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) which causes respiratory infections.

Camels are suspected to be the primary source of infection for humans.

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