The Central MERS Management and Response Headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Welfare said that a 35-year-old man, South Korea’s 80th confirmed MERS patient, rapidly deteriorated during treatment for his underlying disease—malignant lymphoma, and died around 3 a.m. on November 25.
The 80th patient contacted a confirmed MERS case on May 27, and was under quarantine at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul on June 6. He was confirmed to be infected with MERS the next day, and was transferred to the Seoul National University Hospital on July 3, where he received treatment for almost three months. He tested negative for the virus on October 1, and was discharged from the hospital on October 3. However, he was hospitalized again on October 11 at the Seoul National University Hospital.
After being re-admitted, he continued to test both positive and negative for the MERS virus. His condition rapidly became worse while he was receiving treatment under quarantine. The medical staff who treated the patient said, “His condition rapidly deteriorated due to the progression of a malignant lymphoma, which he had been suffering from prior to contracting the virus.”
The 80th patient was the last MERS patient. After being confirmed as a MERS patient on June 7, he received treatment for almost six months. However, he was unable to overcome the disease and lost his life.
The bereaved family of the 80th patient claims that he didn’t get the proper treatment right away because the Ministry of Health and Welfare did not lift the quarantine on him and it made his condition even worse. The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Seoul National University Hospital are strongly denying the claim. It is known that the deceased patient’s family once requested an autopsy but then canceled it.
Repoter Eun Hee Cho[firstname.lastname@example.org]