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Jordan reports new Mers death; man who died worked in hospital

Published on May 12, 2014 5:14 PM

AMMAN (AFP) - A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the Mers virus, the government said on Monday, on the eve of a World Health Organisation emergency meeting on the disease.

The latest death brings to five the number of fatalities in Jordan from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus since it first emerged in 2012.

The man, in his 50s, worked in a private hospital and died on Sunday, the health ministry said.

The announcement came after Saudi Arabia on Sunday reported that three new deaths from Mers had taken its death toll from the disease to 142.

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