Mers death toll rises to 16 in S. Korea outbreak

SEOUL - Another patient has died in South Korea amid an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing total fatalities to 16.

Officials also reported five new cases in South Korea, which has the largest outbreak outside the Middle East.

Officials say 150 people have now contracted the virus in South Korea.

Meanwhile a South Korean man in Slovakia tested negative for the virus, but will remain in quarantine for further testing.

The 38-year-old man started showing symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever and skin lesions after arriving in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on 3 June.

Four blood tests have been conducted with three showing negative results, but the fourth test produced no clear result and so health officials say further tests will have to be conducted.

The man reportedly works for a subcontractor of South Korean car maker Kia.

A hospital in the South Korean capital Seoul has suspended most of its services after being identified as the source of almost half the cases.

The president of the Samsung Medical Center issued a public apology on Sunday.

Samsung Medical Center president Song Jae-hoon told reporters that the hospital would stop treating outpatients and admitting new patients to prevent further infections among patients and medical staff.

He said no visitors would be allowed, and non-urgent surgery was being stopped.

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