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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015.
J Korean Med Sci. 2015 Nov; 30(11):1701-5.JK

Abstract

Since the first imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection was reported on May 20, 2015 in Korea, there have been 186 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection with 36 fatalities. Ninety-seven percent (181/186) of the cases had exposure to the health care facilities. We are reporting a superspreading event that transmitted MERS-CoV to 81 persons at a hospital emergency room (ER) during the Korean outbreak in 2015. The index case was a 35-yr-old man who had vigorous coughing while staying at the ER for 58 hr. As in severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreaks, superspreading events can cause a large outbreak of MERS in healthcare facilities with severe consequences. All healthcare facilities should establish and implement infection prevention and control measure as well as triage policies and procedures for early detection and isolation of suspected MERS-CoV cases.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Good Morning Hospital, Pyeongtaek, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Pyeongtaek St. Mary's Hospital, Pyeongtaek, Korea.Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26539018

Citation

Oh, Myoung-don, et al. "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015." Journal of Korean Medical Science, vol. 30, no. 11, 2015, pp. 1701-5.
Oh MD, Choe PG, Oh HS, et al. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015. J Korean Med Sci. 2015;30(11):1701-5.
Oh, M. D., Choe, P. G., Oh, H. S., Park, W. B., Lee, S. M., Park, J., Lee, S. K., Song, J. S., & Kim, N. J. (2015). Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015. Journal of Korean Medical Science, 30(11), 1701-5. https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2015.30.11.1701
Oh MD, et al. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015. J Korean Med Sci. 2015;30(11):1701-5. PubMed PMID: 26539018.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Superspreading Event Involving 81 Persons, Korea 2015. AU - Oh,Myoung-don, AU - Choe,Pyoeng Gyun, AU - Oh,Hong Sang, AU - Park,Wan Beom, AU - Lee,Sang-Min, AU - Park,Jinkyeong, AU - Lee,Sang Kook, AU - Song,Jeong-Sup, AU - Kim,Nam Joong, Y1 - 2015/10/16/ PY - 2015/10/03/received PY - 2015/10/05/accepted PY - 2015/11/6/entrez PY - 2015/11/6/pubmed PY - 2016/8/17/medline KW - Coronavirus KW - Emergency Room KW - MERS KW - Prevention KW - Superspreading Event SP - 1701 EP - 5 JF - Journal of Korean medical science JO - J Korean Med Sci VL - 30 IS - 11 N2 - Since the first imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection was reported on May 20, 2015 in Korea, there have been 186 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection with 36 fatalities. Ninety-seven percent (181/186) of the cases had exposure to the health care facilities. We are reporting a superspreading event that transmitted MERS-CoV to 81 persons at a hospital emergency room (ER) during the Korean outbreak in 2015. The index case was a 35-yr-old man who had vigorous coughing while staying at the ER for 58 hr. As in severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreaks, superspreading events can cause a large outbreak of MERS in healthcare facilities with severe consequences. All healthcare facilities should establish and implement infection prevention and control measure as well as triage policies and procedures for early detection and isolation of suspected MERS-CoV cases. SN - 1598-6357 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26539018/Middle_East_Respiratory_Syndrome_Coronavirus_Superspreading_Event_Involving_81_Persons_Korea_2015_ L2 - https://jkms.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3346/jkms.2015.30.11.1701 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -