On Monday, South Korea reported its sixth death from MERS, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 87.

More than 2,500 people remain quarantined, either at home or in health facilities. And more than 1,800 schools remain closed.

Young and old
The latest death is that of an 80-year-old man who was receiving treatment at a hospital in Daejeon, South Korea’s fifth largest city.

Among the new cases is that of a teenager, the first school-aged person to be infected, the health ministry said.

MERS, which surfaced three years ago, is not well-understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know the exact source or mode of its transmission.

MERS spreads from close contact with an ill person, such as living with or caring for them, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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