Via JoongAng Daily: Ministry reports new MERS case. Excerpt:
The latest MERS patient announced Friday is reportedly a 24-year-old female nurse at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam District. Health officials said they are currently conducting an epidemiological investigation on her.
The woman’s experience treating other MERS patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit from June 16 to 24 was presumed to be the main route of infection. Officials said they are referencing CCTV footage and analyzing the protective gear and clothing she wore to find an exact cause.
Run by Korea’s top conglomerate and formerly regarded as the best hospital in the country, Samsung Medical Center partially shut down indefinitely after it was revealed that the establishment was a mass transmission site in the MERS outbreak here.
More than 80 infections were traced back to the hospital, most of which were connected to Patient No. 14, who rapidly spread the virus over three days at the emergency ward.
Doctors said the 35-year-old, who recently left the hospital, has since donated blood plasma to help treat other patients and said he would “willingly give up [his] plasma any time.”
It was also reported that he shared free pizza on Friday with those at the hospital.