August 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from SARS-like virus

The Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia says one more man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 42 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 3 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Qatar 3 (1)
Saudi Arabia 82 (41*)
Tunisia 2 (0)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 6 (2)
Total 103 (49*)

Source: Centers for Disease Controi

*CDC as of August 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. - not updated with latest death.

 

 

The Saudi Health Ministry said the 38-year-old man who died Wednesday in Hafar al-Batin city in the Eastern Province was also suffering from acute pneumonia, while tests of a new suspected case involving a 55-year-old man in the western province of al-Madina proved positive.

The new virus, MERS or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.

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