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Health Highlights: June 1, 2015

Airline Passengers Quarantined in Hong Kong Over MERS Fears

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Airline Passengers Quarantined in Hong Kong Over MERS Fears

Eighteen people who were on the same flight as a South Korean man with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been quarantined in Hong Kong, and another 17 are under medical surveillance, city officials say.

The people under quarantine have not developed any symptoms so far. They were seated within two rows of the 44-year-old South Korean man who flew from Seoul to Hong Kong on Tuesday and then took a bus to the Chinese mainland. He is in isolation in a hospital in southern China, the Asssociated Press reported.

Health officials in Hong Kong are asking other passengers of Asiana Airlines Flight 723 to contact them.

MERS is a potentially fatal virus similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). There have been 15 reported cases of MERS in South Korea.

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