South Korea’s Mystery Virus Still Unresolved

Eight people from South Korea has been identified to have been infected by a mystery virus just recently and as to the latest report, 2 among them already died. They came from different parts of the country and the first one died early this month followed by another one 15 days after. 7 of these patients are pregnant or had had recently given birth while the other one is a man in his 40s.

The first patient who died visited a local clinic after after showing severe cold- or flu-like symptoms and was then rushed to Seoul Hospital 3 days after. Pulmonary fibrosis or scarring of the lungs were observed to have developed rapidly despite the effort of entire medical team to save her. This had cause multiple organ failure and stroke. Then she suffered cerebral hemorrhage causing her death. She is on the 9th month of her pregnancy that time that’s why labor was induced to save her baby.

The second one died Thursday having the same condition. One of the remaining 6 patients already had a lung transplant after all the treatments failed.

As of the moment, the virus still remained a mystery. However, the government already calmed down the anxious public saying that it was unlikely to spread.

“So far, we have found viruses that are often discovered in common cold patients. What’s important is to identify whether the pulmonary fibrosis is triggered by a new kind of virus or not.”

Yang Byeong-guk
Head of Infectious Diseases
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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