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Yemen reports first case of deadly Mers coronavirus

Published on Apr 13, 2014 5:24 PM
 
A notice is pastered to the entrace of the emergency department, banning the the exit and entry into the city's King Fahd Hospital on April 9, 2014, in Jeddah. Yemen reported its first case of the deadly Mers coronavirus on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighbouring Saudi Arabia. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SANAA (REUTERS) - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly Mers coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

"Medical personnel have recorded one case of the coronavirus in Sanaa and the victim is a Yemeni man who works as an aeronautics engineer," the semi-official al-Thawra newspaper quoted Public Health Minister Ahmed al-Ansi as saying.

"The ministry is working in effective cooperation with the World Health Organisation to confront this virus and is in direct and constant communication with all hospitals to receive information on any other suspected cases," Mr Ansi said.

Mers, which emerged in the Middle East in 2012, is from the same family as the SARS virus and can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia.

 
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