New Saudi cases lift Mers infections to 136: WHO
GENEVA (AFP) - The global number of infections with the deadly Mers virus has risen to 136, after hard-hit Saudi Arabia confirmed six new cases, the World Health Organization said.
Mr Glenn Thomas, spokesman for the United Nations health agency, said on Friday it had been informed by Saudi authorities that the virus had been detected in three men and three women in the capital Riyadh.
The virus, which appeared first in the kingdom last year, has killed 58 people worldwide, 49 of them in Saudi Arabia, according to official Saudi figures and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Mers stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, in a nod to the fact that the bulk of the cases have been in that region.