South Korea says 10th patient dies from Mers

South Korea says 10th patient dies from Mers
Health workers wearing protective suits stand by the cordon of a quarantined village in Boseong, at the tip of the South Korean peninsula on June 11, 2015. A South Korean man with terminal lung cancer who had been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus has died on Thursday.

SEOUL - A South Korean man with terminal lung cancer who had been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus died on Thursday, making him the 10th fatality since the country's outbreak began last month.

The 65-year-old man, diagnosed with Mers on June 7, had been hospitalised in the same ward as another patient later diagnosed with Mers, South Korea's health ministry said in a statement.

South Korea's outbreak, with 122 cases recorded so far, is the largest outside Saudi Arabia and began in late May when a 68-year-old South Korean businessman brought the disease back home after a trip to the Middle East.

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