The Kuwaiti Health Ministry has tentatively concluded that a South Korean who was recently diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) was not infected in Kuwait. 

The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that its investigators had insufficient information about the patient's movements in Kuwait but did their best to find out the route of the infection.  

The ministry added that people who came in contact with the patient all tested negative for the disease, including drivers and medical staff who treated the patient in Kuwait. It plans to continue to monitor these people. 

The ministry also asked the World Health Organization to dispatch experts to verify its probe results. 

A 61-year-old South Korean man was confirmed to be infected with the lethal virus last Saturday after returning from a business trip to Kuwait from August 16th to September sixth.

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