Saudi Arabia reports 5 more deaths as MERS virus causes concern at the CDC and WHO

April 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Apr 26, – Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says five more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died in the kingdom as the number of reported infections from the disease there rises past 300.

hromedia Saudi Arabia reports 5 more deaths as MERS virus causes concern at the CDC and WHO health and fitness3The ministry said Friday the deaths were among 14 new cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome detected in the cities of Riyadh, Jiddah and the Islamic holy city of Mecca.

Two other deaths were recorded a day earlier as the kingdom releases near-daily reports of a rising number of infections.

The ministry says 92 people have died and 313 have contracted the virus in the kingdom since September 2012.

On Monday, King Abdullah fired the country’s health minister as officials struggle to alleviate public concerns amid a spike in recent infections.

The disease hits like a severe flu. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Most people who die have another medical condition. It’s also possible for someone to become infected but show no symptoms.

Many of the new cases occurred in health care facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean office.

MERS is similar to the , which killed roughly 800 people in Asia in 2003. Late in the SARS epidemic, the virus mutated in a way that allowed it to move more easily from person to person. Some MERS researchers are concerned that MERS is evolving in this way.

Scientists don’t know where people are initially catching the virus. So it’s been hard to control. Once a person gets sick, he can spread it to relatives and medical staff.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

 

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