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In pictures: South Korea tries to contain Mers outbreak

South Korea is fighting to contain an outbreak of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) after it claimed a seventh victim.

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Image caption There were just four cases two weeks ago but the total number of infections is now 87
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Image caption It is the biggest outbreak of Mers outside the Middle East
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Image caption About 2,300 people are under quarantine and nearly 1,900 schools have been closed
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Image caption The first case in South Korea was a man who was infected while visiting Saudi Arabia
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Image caption Hong Kong has told its citizens not to visit South Korea unless necessary
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Image caption Mers has now infected about 1,110 people globally, causing more than 400 deaths
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Image caption There are signs that the outbreak is already affecting South Korea's tourism industry
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Image caption The country's leaders have been criticised for their "total incompetence" and "sluggish response"
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Image caption The government has vowed "all-out" efforts to curb the further spread of the virus

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