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Saudi announces 3 new MERS deaths, toll hits 105

Published on Apr 30, 2014 12:34 AM
 
A foreign worker living in Riyadh wears a mask covering his mouth and nose on a main street in the Saudi capital on April 29, 2014 as the death toll from the newly emerged and often fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) disease topped 100 in the desert kingdom. -- PHOTO: AFP 

(AFP) - Saudi health authorities announced Tuesday three new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as a group of experts met to discuss means of preventing the spread of the disease.

Three men - aged 56, 61, and 79 - died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Riyadh, bringing to 105 the total deaths since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012, the health ministry said.

At the same time, the ministry said six new infections have raised the total number of cases diagnosed to 345, representing the bulk of infections registered globally.

Meanwhile, acting health minister Adel Fakieh said a group of Western experts and representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have met for two days in Riyadh to discuss "a series of preventive measures... to contain the spread" of MERS.

 
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