» China's Zijin Mining Group Company Limited ready to take over Freeport Indonesia? » Qatar's embargo and isolation, US and UK early stages in destabilizing the Middle East » Again, Turkey repoliticizes Islam and Tatar issues for the interests of Ukraine » Indonesia must urge UNSC to investigate US missile attacks on Syria's Shayrat air base » Reading Trump's "fraudulent allegations" against Indonesia


Health
07-06-2015
No mutation in MERS virus found in S.Korea

No mutation in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was found in South Korea suffering from the virus which has infected 50 people as of Saturday since the first patient was reported on May 20.


Lee Ju-shil, head of the Korea National Institute of Health, told a press briefing Saturday that little difference was identified in gene sequencing between MERS virus in South Korea and the Middle East.

The state-run research center under the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) separated a virus from sputum of the second South Korean patient to compare it with the Middle East virus in sequence listing

The sample was sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention, a South Korean virus institute and a research institute in the Netherlands to jointly analyze the virus.

The sample almost matched up in gene sequencing with the Middle East virus by more than 99 percent, bringing a conclusion that the South Korean virus is not a mutant, Lee said.

The unusually fast spread of the MERS in South Korea fueled expectations for the mutated virus, but it turned out to be untrue.

Nine new cases of the MERS contagion were reported on Saturday in South Korea. Four infectees died of the viral disease until now. South Korea became the most MERS-contagious outside the Middle East.

The MERS is a respiratory illness caused by a new type of corona-virus, similar to the SARS virus that killed more than 770 people worldwide following a 2003 outbreak. There is no known vaccine or treatment for the MERS, of which fatality rate reaches 40.7 percent.

The first MERS case was spotted in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The World Health Organization has reported more than 1,000 cases of MERS globally and more than 400 deaths.



Related Article
» 18 pharmaceutical companies behind U.S. pressure on TPP
» Global swine flu death toll swells to 800
» The history of US involvement in spreading infectious viruses and biological weapons



 

Advance Search

   Hot Isue»
Reports of world class athletes' doping allegations potentially used as a political tool to destroy the reputation of competitors' athletes
...

ASEAN could defeat both America and Europe

The US military maneuvers in the Korean Peninsula must immediately be resisted by the Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and political and security stakeholders

Questioning the feasibility of Indonesia-Ukraine defense cooperation

China plays environmental issues to destroy its business competitors in nuclear technology sector in Indonesia

Seeking South Korea-North Korea peaceful solutions inspired from 1955 Bandung Declaration

Read More »
   Archive
KPK names six suspects in E. Java graft case

President calls on all components to maintain Pancasila

France's Macron tells Trump Paris accords not renegotiable - source

Again, Turkey repoliticizes Islam and Tatar issues for the interests of Ukraine

Indonesia must urge UNSC to investigate US missile attacks on Syria's Shayrat air base

Bomb attack will not affect stability of rupiah: Bank Indonesia

8 California guards, 7 inmates sent to hospital after Pelican Bay prison brawl

Police arrested three suspected terrorists linked to Kampung Melayu blast

Indonesia must urge UNSC to investigate US missile attacks on Syria's Shayrat air base

Indonesia, Sweden sign three agreements

Read More »
   Book Review
Author : Hendrajit, Dkk
Japanese Militarism : Japan, Between Love And Resentment

A book entitled Japanese Militarism and Its War Crimes in Asia Pacific Region (Hendrajit, ed) was recently sent to me, by the publisher, The Global Future Institute. No doubt, this book made me re-think and recollect my trip to Japan in 1996. At that time, I was warmly received by Japanese families who became my host, invited to travel to various places, and bought souvenirs. The psycological effect of my short visit is that it is hard to imagine that the Japanese people were cruel ones, perpetrators of the massacre of our ancestors, raping Indonesian girls, making them as prostitutes and enslaving our grandfathers to work on various projects.

Read More »