Experts from the World Health Organization and South Korea on Wednesday 1) urged the reopening of more than 2,700 schools closed over fears of the deadly MERS virus.
South Korean officials this week said the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak may have peaked but that the next several days would be 2) crucial to determining whether their efforts to isolate infected patients had stymied the disease. President Park Geun-hye's office announced earlier Wednesday that Park had postponed her planned U.S. visit to focus on dealing with the outbreak.
The outbreak has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in South Korea, but has occurred only at hospitals. MERS 3) spreads through close contact with sick people, not through the air.
Even so, there have been widespread fears and rumors, and more than 2,700 schools remain closed and about 3,440 people were isolated Wednesday because they have had contact with infected people.
4) ``Strong consideration should be given to reopening schools, 5) as schools have not been linked to transmission of'' the MERS virus in South Korea, said a release from the joint WHO-South Korea mission tasked with reviewing the outbreak.
Other South Korean doctors have already 6) described the massive school closures as nonsensical because there has been no evidence of the virus' transmission in the community.
It was not immediately known how many schools would follow the recommendation. But South Korean officials hope the outbreak will 7) come under control around Friday, the last day of the virus' 8) maximum two-week incubation period for 9) those infected by a patient considered as the main source of the second round of the MERS outbreak. Officials say 10) the first wave of the outbreak has ended.
But critics say the outbreak will continue if infected people 11) evade government quarantine measures and spread the virus.
MERS 12) has mostly been centered in Saudi Arabia. It belongs to the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold and SARS, and can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.
The South Korean outbreak originated from a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East before 13) being diagnosed as the country's first MERS patient last month.
1) urged the reopening of more than 2, 700 schools closed over fear of the deadly MERS virus: 치명적인 MERS 바이러스의 공포로 폐쇄했던 2,700 여 개 학교의 수업 재개를 촉구했다< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
2) crucial to determining whether their efforts to isolate infected patients had stymied the disease: 감염된 환자를 격리시키는 노력이 그 질병을 차단시켰는지의 여부를 결정하는 데 중요한
3) spread through close contact with sick people, not through the air: 공기를 통해서가 아니라, 환자와의 밀접 접촉을 통해 전파된다
4) Strong consideration should be given to: …를 신중히 사려해야 한다
5) as schools have not been linked to transmission of the MERS virus: 학교는 메르스 바이러스 전파와 연관되어 있지 않았기 때문에
6) described the massive school closures as nonsensical: 대대적인 학교 폐쇄는 아무 의미가 없다고 설명했다
7) come under control: 통제 받게 되다
8) maximum two-week incubation period: 최대 2주 잠복기
9) those infected by a patient considered as the main source of the second round of the MERS outbreak: 2차 메르스 발생의 주요 원인으로 여겨지는 환자에 의해 전염된 사람들
10) the first wave: (메르스의) 첫 번째 물결
11) evade government quarantine measures: 정부의 격리조치를 위반하다
12) has mostly been centered in Saudi Arabia: 사우디 아라비아가 대부분의 진원지이다
13) being diagnosed as: ..로 진단받다