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Rise in MERS cases among medics prompts ER closure at Saudi hospital

Published on Apr 8, 2014 10:17 PM
 

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia(AFP) - The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, medics said on Tuesday.

A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66.

On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

A medical source told AFP it was a "precautionary measure" and the Sabq.org news website reported that patients were being transferred to other hospitals in the city.

 
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