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Jordan records two new MERS cases, bringing total infections to seven

Published on May 1, 2014 11:40 PM

AMMAN (AFP) - Two new infections from MERS coronavirus have been detected in Jordan, the health ministry said Thursday, one a Saudi man and the other a Jordanian medic who was treating him.

State news agency Petra which carried the report said this brought to seven the total number of people who were diagnosed in Jordan with the disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since 2012.

Health ministry official Mohammad Abdallat told Petra that the Saudi man aged 25 was being treated in a private Amman hospital.

"The Jordanian medic, 28 got infected while he was treating the Saudi patient. He is in a stable condition," Abdallat, who heads the ministry's communicable disease unit, said without elaborating.

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