An outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been ongoing in South Korea since May 2015. The virus, which causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), is a newly emerged betacoronavirus that was first identified in a patient fromSaudi Arabia in April 2012.
South Korea reported its first MERS case on 20 May 2015. A 68-year-old man returning from the Middle East was diagnosed with MERS nine days after he initially sought medical help. As of 14 June 2015, there were 145 known cases in/from the country and 14 people have died from this outbreak. 2,208 schools have been temporarily closed, including 20 universities. 3,800 people have been placed in isolation at home or at government designated facilities.