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Saudi researchers point to camels as source of MERS outbreak

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – A Saudi man who became infected with and died of the new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus contracted the disease from a camel in his own herd which was also sick, scientists said on Wednesday. In a study which reinforces the case against…

Scientists find compound to fight coronaviruses responsible for SARS and MERS outbreaks

An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.……

Saudi Arabia reports five new MERS deaths, bringing country’s death toll to 168

Saudi Arabia has reported five new deaths from the MERS respiratory virus, bringing the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 168. In its latest tally, issued on Saturday, the health ministry said the total number of infections in the kingdom……

Illinois resident tests positive for MERS virus: CDC

A resident in Illinois who had close contact with a patient in Indiana who is the first known U.S. case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has tested positive for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday. The Illinois resident did not seek…

Saudi Arabia’s MERS death toll rises to 163

Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 163. The health ministry website also revealed on Saturday that 520 cases have been recorded……

Two sick Florida hospital workers test negative for deadly MERS virus

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) – Two U.S. hospital workers who fell ill after contact with a patient suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have tested negative for the often-deadly virus, a Florida health official said on Wednesday. U.S. health officials had recently confirmed the country’s first two cases…

Florida MERS patient sat in busy ER for hours, potentially exposing 100 to deadly illness

The second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) spent at least four hours in the public waiting room of a busy Florida emergency department before he was seen by a doctor, a hospital official said. Almost eight more hours passed before staff at…

Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS virus

AFP – Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case. Saudi Arabia accounts for a full 52 of 127 deaths worldwide from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) so…

Two Saudis die of MERS virus

Two Saudis have died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 49. A 75-year-old woman, who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in the western city of Medina, while a man, 83, who…

No risk of pandemic yet from MERS virus: scientists

The new MERS coronavirus that has claimed dozens of lives in the Middle East does not yet have the ability to trigger a pandemic, but vigilance is needed in case it mutates, French scientists said on Friday. “Our analysis suggests that MERS-CoV does not yet have pandemic potential,” they reported…

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