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South Korea declares end to Mers outbreak

South Korean workers fumigating a theatre at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul last month. The outbreak took a heavy toll on the economy, stifling consumer spending and devastating the tourist sector.


SOUTH Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul,