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Keeping Mers at bay - and the outbreak in perspective

South Korea has to date reported 162 Mers cases and 20 deaths, and more than 6,500 people are in quarantine.

UNTIL recent weeks, Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) had been a vaguely vexing but still distant disease, yet another troubling outbreak in "another part of the world". Then came the first confirmed case in South Korea four weeks ago, and the unfortunate escalation of the epidemic in the