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8 more die of Mers in Saudi Arabia, death toll now 102: Ministry

Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:28 AM
A man, wearing a mouth and nose mask, checks his phone as he leaves the hospital's emergency department on April 27, 2014 in the Saudi capital Riyadh. -- PHOTO: AFP

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - The Saudi Arabian Health Ministry announced eight new deaths from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) virus on Sunday, taking the kingdom's death toll from the disease to 102.

A full 39 of the deaths have been this month, sparking growing public concern about the virus that first emerged in April 2012. Among the latest deaths was a nine-month-old infant, the ministry said.

The number of recorded infections in the kingdom has risen to 339, it added. Among them were four medical staff at a single hospital in Tabuk in the north-west, two doctors - one Egyptian and one Syrian - and two Philippine nurses.

Panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff in the western city of Jeddah led to the temporary closure of a main hospital's emergency room.

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