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Asia MERS Outbreak Alarms Authorities

Concerns over a dangerous respiratory illness have led South Korean health authorities to isolate more than 680 people who may have been exposed. China and Hong Kong also are taking steps to halt the spread of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has killed hundreds of people in that region since its emergence in 2012. As of Monday, South Korea had reported at least 17 confirmed cases, the largest outbreak outside of the Middle East. Hong Kong also has quarantined 18 people...

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