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Mers vaccine 'a step closer', say scientists
An effective vaccine to protect against the Mers virus is a step closer, say scientists.

An effective vaccine to protect against the Mers virus is a step closer, a report in the journal Science suggests.

European scientists genetically modified a version of the smallpox vaccine to display Mers virus protein on its surface.

The vaccine was able to protect camels - the animal reservoir for the virus - from developing Mers virus symptoms.

Experts hope the vaccine might stop the virus spreading in camels and may also protect humans at risk from infection.

Mers-coronavirus infection of humans was first described in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then there have been more than 1,600 reported cases. More than a third of reported infections have resulted in death.

Individuals with other illnesses - such as diabetes, long term lung disease or kidney failure - are particularly prone to developing life-threatening symptoms.

Virus spread is limited to people who have close contact with those who are infected, such as family members and healthcare workers.

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA, SEOUL : A medical staff member wearing a protective suit waits to enter an isolation ward for patients suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at the Seoul Medical Center during a government-organised media tour, in Seoul on June 10, 2015. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has postponed a planned trip to the US, her spokesman said, amid growing public alarm over the MERS outbreak which has now claimed nine lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones                        

South Korea to track cellphones to prevent MERS spread; fifth person dies

By Ju-Min Park and Tony Munroe 

  South Korean authorities will track the cellphones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and reported a fifth death in the outbreak, with the number of infections rising to 64.

The government, criticized over its lack of transparency in handling the outbreak, bowed to public pressure on Sunday and identified 24 health facilities where infections took place or MERS patients visited.

It reported 14 confirmed new cases of MERS, adding to the largest number outside of the Middle East.

“Please understand this is an unavoidable measure for the sake of our neighbors and families,” Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan told a news briefing in the central city of Sejong, where he announced the plan to track the mobile phones of people under quarantine to ensure they stay at home.

Over 2,300 people in South Korea were under quarantine as of Sunday, some in health care facilities but most at home, including an entire village of about 105 people in the southwest after a resident who visited a hospital where the country’s first patient with MERS was treated turned out to be infected.

Late last month, a South Korean man broke a voluntary house quarantine and flew to Hong Kong and then traveled to mainland China, where he tested positive for MERS.

South Korea’s outbreak of the often-deadly MERS virus, first reported on May 20, has prompted fear and the closure last week of more than 1,000 schools, with thousands of tourists cancelling plans to visit the country.

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