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Saudi Arabia records 11 cases of Mers virus in Jeddah

Published on Apr 9, 2014 4:15 PM
 
Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, it had recorded 11 cases infected with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus in Jeddah, including hospital staff. -- PHOTO: AFP

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had recorded 11 cases infected with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus in Jeddah, including hospital staff.

Two of the patients died, six have recovered, while three are undergoing treatment, the official Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the Jeddah health authority.

The emergency department of King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah was closed for disinfection after one health worker there tested positive for the virus and subsequent tests on other staff members showed further infections.

Some patients were transferred to other hospitals while the disinfection was carried out, the health authority said.

 
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