A worker wearing protective gears sprays antiseptic solution as a precaution against the spread of MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus at an art hall in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that treated people with a deadly respiratory disease, officials said Friday, even as the outbreak that has been spreading through health facilities could have peaked.Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has infected 126 people in South Korea and killed 11 since it was first diagnosed just over three weeks ago in a businessman who had returned from a trip to the Middle East. Alarm has spread throughout the region even though only one case has been reported outside South Korea in this outbreak, that of a South Korean man who travelled to China via Hong Kong after defying a suggestion from health authorities that he stay in voluntary quarantine at home.South Korea's new cases bring the total number of MERS cases globally to 1,275, based on WHO data, with at least 450 related deaths.
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