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South Korean man infected with MERS virus, first case in three years

A South Korean man, 61 years old, has been diagnosed with the potentially fatal Middle East (MERS) respiratory disease syndrome and is being treated in a hospital in Seoul, the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday.

The patient returned to Kuwait on Friday after a business trip from August 16 to September 6, according to the KCDC.

This is the first time since July 2015 that an outbreak of MERS in South Korea has been reported. KDBD said more details would be released at a press conference at 10:30 GMT.

The infectious disease swept South Korea in 2015, resulting in 38 deaths. It is believed that MERS is carried by camels and most of the known human-to-human transmission has occurred in health facilities.

Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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