Mers virus may be deadlier than Sars: Study
LONDON (AP) - The new respiratory virus that emerged in the Middle East last year appears to make people sicker faster than Sars, but doesn't seem to spread as easily, according to the latest detailed look at about four dozen cases in Saudi Arabia.
Since last September, the World Health Organization has confirmed 90 cases of Mers, the Middle East respiratory syndrome, including 45 deaths.
Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia, but the mysterious virus has also been identified in countries including Jordan, Qatar, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia.
Mers is related to Sars and the two diseases have similar symptoms including a fever, cough and muscle pain.