Korea releases names of 24 hospitals with MERS patients

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (June 7) provides the latest information of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) involving 24 affected hospitals in Korea.

     Apart from Pyeongtaek St. Mary's Hospital which was released previously, the health authority of Korea today released the name of the other 23 health-care facilities which includes:

* Seould Clinic, located at Dunpo-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do;
* 365 Seoul Yeollin Clinic, located at Chonho-dong, Seoul;
* Samsung Medical Center, located at Irwondong, Seoul
* Konyang University Hospital, located at Seogu, Daejeon;
* Dae-Chung Hospital, located at Seogu, Daejeon;
* Asan Medical Center, located at Songpa-gu, Seoul;
* Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, located at Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul;
* Hanaro Clinic, located at Jung-gu, Seoul;
* Yoon Chang Ok Clinic, located at Pil-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul;
* Good Morning Hospital, located at Hapseong-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Pureun Clinic, located at Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* 365 Yeonhap Clinic, located at Ichung-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Bagae Hospital, located at Pyeongtaek-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Yeonsei Herb Family Medicine, located at Bijeon-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* The Catholic University of Korea, St. Vincent's Hospital, located at Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Hallym University Medical Center, located at Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Medihols Hospital, located at Goean-dong, Spsa-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon St. Mary's Hospital, located at Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* St. Mary's Family Medicine, located at Seongdong-gu, Seoul;
* Osan Hankook Hospital, located at Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do;
* Dankook University Hospital, located at Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do;
* Daecheon 365 Yeonhap Clinic, located at Daecheon-dong, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do; and
* Choi Seonyoung Clinic, located at Sunchang-eup, Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do.

(According to the Korean health authority, the English translation may not be official English name.)

     "Besides people who had attended Pyeongtaek St. Mary's Hospital between May 15 and 29, the Korean Government is asking people who had attended the Samsung Medical Center between May 27 and 31; Konyang University Hospital between May 28 and 30; and Dae-Chung Hospital between May 22 and 30 to report to them for assessment," a spokesman for the CHP said.

     "In view of the latest information from Korea, we appeal to members of the public who had visited the above health-care facilities between the above periods to contact the CHP through our hotline (2125 1111) for further assessment," the spokesman added.

     "In view of the latest situation in Korea, travellers should avoid unnecessary visits to health-care facilities (HCFs) in Korea,

     "We again urge the public to pay special attention to safety during travel, taking due consideration of health risks of the places of visit. Travellers to the Middle East should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels, and avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry. They should also avoid unnecessary visits to HCFs," the spokesman advised.

     The CHP will maintain close communication with the World Health Organization and the health authority of Korea. Members of the public and the health-care sector should heighten vigilance and stay alert to the latest situation.

Ends/Sunday, June 7, 2015
Issued at HKT 21:13