Image of Asia: Masked on a South Korean street

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Posted: Jun 10, 2015 10:51 AM
Image of Asia: Masked on a South Korean street

In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a man wearing a mask walks by a poster advertising a "Spider-Man" children's musical in Seoul, South Korea. Sales of surgical masks have surged during the MERS outbreak that started last month, and people are often seen wearing them on the street. Middle East respiratory syndrome has infected more than 100 people and caused nine deaths in South Korea, but experts say the virus mainly spreads through close contact with an infected person. All of the cases are linked to hospitals where earlier MERS patients were treated, and health officials say the outbreak may have peaked since many people exposed to those patients have been isolated while the two-week maximum incubation period for the virus passes.