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Fears MERS may have reached central Europe as death toll for current outbreak has reached 15


Authorities fear MERS – the deadly ‘cousin’ of respiratory disease SARS – may have reached central Europe as the disease throws South Korea into turmoil.

A hospital in Slovakia is testing a South Korean man in a suspected case of the deadly respiratory disease, which has killed 15 people in South Korea since May.

The 38-year-old man, who is being held at a hospital in Bratislava, is feared to be suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

It would be the first case of the killer disease to reach Europe in the current outbreak, the largest outbreak of the disease outside Saudi Arabia.

The World Health Organisation has caused an emergency meeting for Tuesday, to work how to tackle the ‘large and complex’ outbreak.

Meanwhile nearly 5,000 people are being held in quarantine in hospitals and homes across the country, while an army of health professionals attempts to quell the spread of the disease

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