In the last few of weeks, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has crept into headlines after reports emerged of an outbreak of the virus in South Korea.

So far, it has claimed 6 lives with 23 reported to have contracted the disease, and over 2,000 people placed under quarantine.

While MERS has remained largely in South Korea and China, this has been the largest outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, where it was first discovered.

Here are 8 things you should know about MERS: