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Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection

Published on Jun 15, 2014 5:48 PM
A girl wearing a mask looks out a car window as rain drops are seen in Taif, Saudi Arabia, on June 7, 2014. Saudi Arabia announced last week that it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi.

The man, 53, was being treated in hospital, said Mahmudur Rahman, of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

"Most probably, he contacted the virus while he was in Abu Dhabi in transit on his way back from the United States," Mr Rahman told Reuters.

First reported in humans in 2012, Mers causes severe and often fatal respiratory illness, with symptoms similar to those seen during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) in 2003.

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