Deadly MERS virus still spreading in Saudi Arabia

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The number of recorded infections of the MERS coronavirus in the kingdom has risen 339 [AFP]
Saudi Arabia, where MERS was discovered around two years ago and which remains the country most affected, has now had 339 confirmed cases of MERS, of which 102 have been fatal.
Eight deaths were reported Sunday after two on Saturday.
 
The nation\’s health ministry says there are now 339 confirmed cases of MERS since it was first found in Saudi Arabia two years ago.
 
One case also has been confirmed in Egypt, in a man who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.
 
Saudi pharmacists report a run on masks, hand sanitizers and other disinfectants. Some parents are keeping their children home from school. Three hospitals in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam have been designated as special MERS treatment centers.
 
MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is related to the SARS virus, which has killed more than 800 people worldwide.
Source: Agencies

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