Photo of Wedding Guests in Face Masks Reveals Infectious Disease Fears

June 11, 2015 Updated: June 11, 2015

Wedding dress? Check. Tux? Check. Face masks to protect guests from an infectious virus? Maybe.

A photo from a young couple’s wedding in Seoul on Saturday has turned an international spotlight on the panic gripping South Korea over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome. 

According to the duo’s wedding planner, however, the pair didn’t intentionally have attendees wear masks for fear of infection.

“They had already taken normal group photos without masks when they decided to do something fun,” wedding planner Hwang Myung-Hwan told Agence France-Presse. Hwang said his company’s employees distributed the masks to signify that the couple would be starting a healthy life together. “The photo was never meant to fan fears about MERS or scare anyone,” he said.

This article was originally published on, on June 9, 2015. Read the complete article here.

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