Samsung Heir Apologizes for MERS Virus Spread

Lee Jae-yong, the heir of the Samsung Business Group, performed a deep bow and offered an apology to MERS victims and patients this week hoping to stem mounting criticism directed towards Samsung hospital for its role in the spreading of the Middle East respiratory syndrome.

This marked the first public speech since Lee succeeded his ailing father at the helm of the Samsung Foundation which leads the charity foundation that owns Samsung Medical Center.

Of the 175 people effected by MERS, 85 are patients, relatives, or staff at the Samsung hospital or its visitors.


South Korean authorities reported two new cases Tuesday and three more deaths were reported Friday bringing the total number of infections to 175. Of these, 85 were patients, relatives, or staff at the Samsung hospital or its visitors.

MERS can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure and there is no cure or vaccine for the illness to date. The virus has a death rate of 27%, according to the World Health Organization.

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