The National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology on June 12 confirmed that Park Soon Hum, a Republic of Korea national dead in central Thanh Hoa province on June 10, was negative to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

According to Ha Dinh Ngu, Director of Thanh Hoa Preventive Medicine Centre, the 64-year-old man, entered Vietnam as part of a 15-member delegation of RoK experts working for the ChoSuk Company in Hai Yen district, Tinh Gia district.

He showed symptoms of fever, cough and joint pain on June 6 until he was found dead in his private room on late June 10.

Right after getting the information, the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre and relevant agencies reported the case to the Health Ministry and took medical sample to test in the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi .

On June 11, the Health Ministry also sent two teams to Thanh Hoa to gather medical samples from those who have direct contact with Park in the ChoSuk Company as well as RoK nationals entering Vietnam less than 14 days.

Besides, the Thanh Hoa Preventive Medicine Centre also collaborated with the Nghi Son Economic Zone to give health supervision to all people with high risk of infection, while disinfecting the area surrounding Park’s living place.

So far, no MERS-CoV case has been reported in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the RoK reported a death from MERS-CoV on early June 13, bringing the total numbers of deaths in the current outbreak to 14. On late June 12, two others were confirmed dead from the deadly virus.-VNA