MERS virus: Number of cases in South Korea rises to 95

Military police wearing masks take a visitors's temperature as a precaution against MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus, at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. South Korea believes cases of a MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the governments belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven and infected nearly 100. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)   | Photo Credit: Lee Jin-man

The South Korean Health Ministry on Tuesday said there were eight more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total to 95.

An infected patient also died of the viral disease, raising the total death toll to seven, Xinhua news agency reported.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), along with South Korean officials, will conduct a joint investigation into the rapid spread of the virus for five days starting on Tuesday.

The team will visit hospitals where MERS infections were identified or quarantined patients are being kept to analyse the characteristics of the MERS corona virus, in cooperation with the Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The joint investigation results will be released on June 13.

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