June 4, 2015 / 10:19 AM / 4 years ago

South Korea confirms death of third MERS patient

South Korean students wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) walk at the Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul, South Korea June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea confirmed on Thursday that a man who died a day earlier was infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), marking the third fatality in an outbreak of the often-deadly virus.

The 82-year old South Korean man, in hospital with asthma and bacterial pneumonia, had shared a room with others suffering from MERS and died on Wednesday night, the health ministry said in a statement.

The victim is the 36th person confirmed to have been infected with MERS in South Korea, the largest outbreak outside the Middle East.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Tony Munroe and Clarence Fernandez

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