Mortality Risk Factors for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Outbreak, South Korea, 2015

Earlier this week, my HealthMap colleagues and I had an article published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Using a combination of publicly available data sources, the study takes a look at mortality risk factors during the 2015 South Korean MERS outbreak. You can find the full article here, but I’ve also quoted the abstract below to give y’all a little taste:

As of July 15, 2015, the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare had reported 186 case-patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea. For 159 case-patients with known outcomes and complete case histories, we found that older age and preexisting concurrent health conditions were risk factors for death.

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