[QODLink]
Middle East

Coronavirus claims another life in Saudi

Experts nearing end of a four-day meeting in Saudi Arabia on disease that has killed 33 people in the kingdom.

Last Modified: 22 Jun 2013 15:28
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The Mers virus has killed 39 of 70 people it has infected [AP]

Saudi Arabia said an 81-year-old man had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS, and six new cases have been registered, as international experts gather in Cairo to discuss the epidemic.

Experts, including from the World Health Organisation, are nearing the end of a four-day meeting on the disease that has now infected 55 people in Saudi Arabia, killing 33 of them.

Added to previous WHO numbers, the new Saudi announcement brings the total number of confirmed cases to 70 worldwide, of which 39 have died.

There have also been cases in Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Next month, large numbers of Muslim pilgrims are expected to travel to the Saudi city of Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, during  Ramadan. In October millions are expected there for the annual Hajj.

New cases

On Friday, the Saudi Health Ministry said a 41-year-old woman in Riyadh was in a stable condition with the disease, and that a 32-year-old with cancer was also being treated.

It said another person, whose infection was previously announced, had died.

On Thursday, it confirmed four new cases, including three health workers, who have all recovered.

Researchers said Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is even more deadly than SARS and is easily transmitted in healthcare environments.

The disease can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia and has spread from the Gulf to France, Germany, Italy and Britain.

230

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list