How Korean Startup CEOs Joined Forces To Track The MERS Virus

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues to spread in South Korea. The number of fatalities stands at 27 of a total 179 MERS diagnoses, with more than 3,000 people currently under MERS quarantine.

But medical officials aren’t the only ones fighting back, a series of CEOs from Korean startups stepped up and produced a crowdsourced map that tracks the virus and affected hospitals. After immediately going viral, it was just seven days before the service was adopted by the government.

“There were so many rumors around MERS, yet we couldn’t get accurate information on it, making us more anxious about the situation. So I thought of making a map that gathers accurate information on it, so I can confirm the facts with people around me.” MERSmap developer Soonyeung Park said in an exclusive interview with TechNode.

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