MERS Outbreak Continues to Grow in South Korea

The MERS outbreak continues to grow.

South Korea confirmed, the Middle East respiratory syndrome killed a tenth person.

We decided to breakdown the basics of the MERS virus for you. 

First, it’s a viral respiratory illness, meaning it affects the lungs and breathing tubes.

How does it spread?

It passes from person to person a few ways.

The most common is through close contact with, caring for or living with a person infected with MERS.

It spreads pretty easily — so who should worry?

Pretty much everyone.

The CDC says cases have been confirmed in people ranging in age from one year old to 99.

If you contracted MERS, how would you know?

Those with the virus will run a fever, have a cough and experience shortness of breath.

How can you stay safe?

There’s no vaccine to protect from MERS, but ways to prevent the virus are pretty simple.

Wash your hands.

Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Avoid close contact with those infected.

Right now, there is no specific treatment for those infected.

MERS has not spread to the US, but its causing quite the panic in South Korea.

In addition to the ten killed, it’s infected more than 120 since the first case was diagnosed on May 20.

And the country is taking steps to stop the spread.

About 3,800 are in isolation after possible contact with infected people.

And as a precaution, more than 2,600 schools were closed Thursday.