MERS Outbreak Alarms Authorities
Asia MERS Outbreak
Last updated on: June 01, 2015 10:29 AM (source)
June 01, 2015 10:29 AM
Concerns over a dangerous respiratory
illness have led South Korean health authorities to isolate more than
680 people who may have been exposed. China and Hong Kong also are
taking steps to halt
the spread of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has
killed hundreds of people in that region since its emergence in 2012.
illness)讓南韓健康當局隔離超過680名可能曾暴露於病源的人。中國與香港也正採取行動來阻止(take steps to
halt . ..)MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
As of Monday, South Korea had reported at least 17 confirmed cases, the
outside of the Middle East.
Hong Kong also has quarantined
18 people and isolated 17 more. And China’s Guangdong province, with
one confirmed case of MERS, has isolated nearly 80 people.
The MERS virus initially produces flu-like symptoms such as fever and
coughing, though these can escalate to
pneumonia and kidney failure. Among confirmed cases globally, at least four out of 10 people have died,
according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine or
treatment for the disease, which first was reported in Saudi Arabia but
later traced to Jordan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
(escalate to . . .)肺炎或是腎衰竭(kidney failure)。
隨後其來源可追溯到(. . .
was traced to)約旦。
The disease spreads through close contact, the CDC’s website says.
As a precaution,
South Korea has isolated 682 people at their homes or in state-run
facilities, said Kwon Jun-wook, the health and welfare ministry’s
director of public health policy. He said the country had experienced
though at least one patient was very ill.
South Korea reported its first case in May after diagnosing a
68-year-old man who’d returned to Seoul from a trip to Bahrain, Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Authorities have identified him
only as Patient 1.
All of the subsequent cases reported so far have been linked to direct
contact with that patient, according to South Korea’s health ministry.
They were either medical personnel
involved in his care or patients exposed to the man before his
South Korea has come under some criticism for its handling of the
outbreak’s early stages.
Patient 1 went to four hospitals before he was diagnosed with MERS. At
least 10 other Koreans diagnosed with the illness came in contact with
him at the second hospital where he sought treatment, said Kim Woo-joo,
a professor of infectious diseases at Korea University who’s now
working with the health ministry to contain the
Kim said that most of those exposed were in the same room or on the
same floor as Patient 1 and that two doctors were not wearing proper
Also, South Korea did not make the quarantine restrictions mandatory.
And some people exposed to MERS reportedly refused to remain in voluntary
In China, a 44-year-old South Korean businessman diagnosed with MERS in
Guangdong reportedly had been exposed to Patient No. 1 in Seoul. He’d
begun to feel ill but, against doctor’s orders, nonetheless travelled
to China through Hong Kong.
醫囑(against doctor’s orders)，經過香港前往中國。
China and Hong Kong subsequently imposed quarantines. China isolated
the traveler at a hospital, the Associated Press reported, adding that
Hong Kong authorities on Sunday said the 18 people who’d sat near him
and were quarantined have shown no symptoms.
South Korean authorities say this week will be critical to see if they
have contained the outbreak by preventing third-level exposure, the
spread of the disease to a person who did not have direct contact with
the first infected patient.
(a) 呼吸的 *respire (v) 呼吸
(v) 診斷 . . . *diagnosis (n) 診斷結果
(v) 防堵，遏制 *本字最常見的意思是「包含」，但也有文中「控制住、防堵」的意思，後常接疾病、情緒之類的字
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in the blanks with a word or phrase from the list above. Make necessary
changes. After you finish, select the text above to reveal the hidden
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demonstrators by blocking the road.
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after he became unemployed.
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4. Farms in the area have been closed off in an attempt to contain
5. This is a restricted area, open to authorized personnel