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3 more deaths from Mers in Saudi Arabia, toll rises to 163

Published on May 17, 2014 4:12 PM
 
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the Mers respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 163. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RIYADH (AFP) - Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the Mers respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 163.

The health ministry website also revealed on Saturday that 520 cases have been recorded in the country since Middle East Respiratory Syndrome first appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

It said three women died on Friday, including one in Riyadh, 48, and a 67-year-old in the western city of Taif. A third woman died in Jeddah, the port city where a spate of cases among staff at King Fahd Hospital last month sparked public panic and the dismissal of its director and the health minister.

Other nations including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States have also recorded cases, mostly in people who had been to the desert kingdom.

 
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