Mers virus: 10 people in South Korea infected

Earlier this week, another South Korean man was infected after returning from China

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Ten people in South Korea are confirmed as having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus, transmitted by a traveller, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The United Nations health agency said that it was not recommending screening of passengers or that travel or trade restrictions be imposed on South Korea due to the outbreak.

"The virus is not behaving differently, it is direct transmission and not sustained human-to-human-transmission. They are all related to the same case who came travelling from the Middle East," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a briefing. Separately, a South Korean man who had travelled to China via Hong Kong this week has tested positive for Mers, a health ministry official in Seoul said on Friday.