North Korea has a super vaccine to cure MERS? According to claims by government officials, the isolated nation has developed a cure for various respiratory viruses. MERS cases have increased to the point that health officials have deemed the ongoing problem the largest outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to occur outside of the Middle East. A total of 64 people have reportedly been infected in South Korea since May. Hundreds of residents have been quarantined, and nearly 2,000 schools have been closed to prevent further spread of the virus.
North Korea claims it developed the MERS super vaccine nearly two decades ago. State media recently claimed the government produced a vaccine in the 1990s that has the ability to prevent immunological disorders such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the Ebola virus disease.
According to the official Korean Central News Agency, the Kumdang-2 injection was developed by the Korea Pugang Pharmaceutic Company. The state media report also claimed that the MERS super vaccine has proven to “prevent different malignant epidemics” because it is a “strong immuno-activator.”
“The researchers insert rare earth elements (REE) into insam (ginseng) by applying the micro-elementary fertilizers of REE to the fields of insam,” Dr. Jong Sung-hun said. “Malicious virus infections like SARS, Ebola and MERS are diseases that are related to immune systems, so they can be easily treated by Kumdang-2 injection drug, which is a strong immune reviver.”
Government officials in South Korea announced that a fifth person had died from MERS earlier this week. Middle East Respirator Syndrome spreads via “close contact” with infected individuals. According to an NBC News report, MERS has “always” been spread in a hospital setting.
A list of the containing the of the 24 hospitals where MERS patients have been either diagnosed or treated was released to the public. South Korea health officials also noted that individuals who have been to the noted hospitals are being watched carefully for signs of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus. MERS symptoms reportedly often resemble those of the flu.
The South Korea MERS school closures reportedly include at least 1,255 schools in the Gyeonggi province. The province is in the Seoul area. The viral outbreak began in the region after a South Korean air force members, who was stationed at an American base, was isolated after being diagnosed with MERS. The air force sergeant had reportedly been treated for an Achilles’ heel at the same hospital where the first MERS outbreak patient was diagnosed. The man had reportedly become ill after “visiting four Middle Eastern countries.” There are currently no other known MERS cases on the Osan Air Base.
A total of 86 South Koreans have reportedly been stricken with the MERS virus. More than 1,500 residents of the capital city were asked to self-quarantine after they unknowingly attended a forum with a doctor who was infected with the virus. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said all 1,565 people who attended the symposium should remain at home as a precaution. Mayor Won-soon is reportedly considering taking measure to quarantine the forum attendees and noted that government officials are still attempting to determine where the doctor had traveled after contracting the virus.
“We will deal strongly with anyone who escalates unnecessary sense of public uneasiness,” Seoul Police Chief Kang Shin-myun explained when stating that he will enforce quarantine orders levied against anyone suspected of having MERS.
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