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Mers outbreak ups pressure for rate cuts in S Korea

Spread could deal damaging blow to struggling economy

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STAYING ALERT: A Chinese tourist wearing a mask to prevent contracting Mers posing for photographs as men wearing traditional dress perform the daily re-enactment of the changing of the Royal Guards, at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul.

Seoul

AN outbreak of a deadly respiratory disease in South Korea could hurt consumer spending and tourism and is ramping up the pressure on the nation's central bank to cut interest rates as early as next week, a central bank source said.

"I have a feeling that the outbreak