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22 Korean Air employees quarantined after MERS exposure

2015/06/18 15:02

SEOUL, June 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top carrier Korean Air Lines Co. said Thursday that 22 of its employees were quarantined after it was confirmed they have come in contact with a flight passenger diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) earlier this month.

The countermeasure against the respiratory illness came after one of the MERS patients, who had been diagnosed on Saturday, was found to have traveled on the Gimpo-Jeju Island route via Korean Air flights KE1223 and KE1238 on June 5, according to the carrier.

Eight Korean Air employees, who had come in contact with the patient at the airports, as well as 14 crew members of the affected flight were put under quarantine.

None have shown any signs of an infection so far, according to the company.

Korean Air also said it has submitted a list of some 500 other passengers who had boarded the same flights along with the patient.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is relatively new to humans, with the first case reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. A total of 165 people were diagnosed with the virus in South Korea as of Thursday, with MERS-related deaths standing at 23.

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