May 10th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Mystery virus afflicts 8 in S. Korea

A mystery virus has sickened at least eight people in South Korea, including a pregnant woman who died in a Seoul hospital, according to numerous reports.

The woman, 36 years old and nine months pregnant, died Monday of pneumonia related to the unidentified virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Yonhap news agency reports. Labor was induced for the mother, and the baby survived, the Korea Times said.

Including the woman who died, seven of the eight patients were pregnant when they arrived at the Seoul hospital. The other is a 40-year-old man, the Korea JoonAng Daily reported.

Each patient is from different parts of the country, and the KCDC said that they had initially undergone treatment at different clinics for various conditions suspected to be caused by the same unidentified virus. They were all later transferred to the Seoul hospital, likely ruling out the possibility that the root of the problem can be traced back to the same facility.

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  1. WasabiPotPie

    So this is how the end of the world starts... I hoped there would be zombies.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TvNYC

    Yup the world is done!

    May 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. innit


    May 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D Grant

    The world is due to experience a panademic at any time now. The saddest part of the whole matter is that no new antibiotics have been developed and those that we do have are becoming less effective because of drug resistance.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      It's a virus, antibiotics won't do a damn thing to virus no matter what

      May 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Davis

    Yep...... Game over. I hear the distant rumble of Crap, rolling downhill as the Blog lights up with all those conspiracy busters.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Davis

    Dogs and Cats..... Living together, Old Testament Stuff..... Fire and Brimstone.... The end of the World as we know it.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oneSTARman

    That's great it starts with an earthquake Birds and snakes and aeroplane And Lenny Bruce is not afraid
    Leonid Brezhnev, Lester Bangs Birthday party, cheescake, jellybean, boom you Symbiotic patriotic slam book neck
    Right? Right!
    It's the end of the world as we know it (It's time I had some time alone)
    And I feel fine

    May 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jackal&jester

    Just to add to the hysteria it is possible there is a carrier of this virus on the states right now.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Way to refernce REM!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Reference, I mean. D'oh!

    May 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TakeMyWifePls

    Time for a major redistibution of the population. Nature has a simply amazing way of protecting the planet from any single species overpopulating. Let the PANIC begin.......

    May 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. realist

    Zombie Apocalypse. I got my guns and ammo. How about you anti-gun id-dee-ots start doin more cardio. Rule # 1: Cardio.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. glenda

    Accident? Serial killer maybe. Government secret test? Sounds like to me it could be human error.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Hello? Pandemics are pretty routine. AIDS, SARS, mad cow, swine and bird flu... Problem is there's just so darn many of us.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Davis

    Yeah.... No matter how many of us get wiped out, a few squeak by and the whole mess starts all over again !! Pesky Humans !!!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
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