Pyeongtaek’s St. Marys Hospital and Samsung Medical Center at the Center of MERS Outbreak

Here is an interesting chart that shows where the majority of the MERS infection are coming from in Korea:

A major worry about the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak is coming true: The disease is spreading to other regions as people who visited Samsung Medical Center move from Seoul not knowing that they’re infected.

Samsung, one of Korea’s biggest and best hospitals, accepts patients from every corner of the country. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is worrying about possible fourth-generation infections, although none have been reported.

The health authority announced nine more MERS cases on Tuesday, raising the total number of patients to 95, and reported one more fatality, Patient No. 47, the country’s seventh victim. Nine MERS patients, Patients No. 12, 23, 24, 28, 42, 58, 74, 81 and 83, are in critical condition.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You can read the rest at the link, but it looks like the infections are happening in the emergency rooms.  The lesson learned would appear to be to stay away from emergency rooms until this outbreak gets contained.



I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. Still more dangerous to cross the street in front of the hospital….

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