10 things to know about the Mers virus
Published on Apr 29, 2014 2:10 PM
Over the weekend, the death toll for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) topped 100, sparking concerns about how the mysterious virus is spreading.
Mers is a respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then, it has infected 339 people and claimed 102 lives.
Three weeks ago, closer to home, a Malaysian man in Johor Baru died from Mers - the country's first confirmed fatality from the virus - after returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Other countries with confirmed cases include France, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.
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