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First case of MERS virus reported in Egypt

Deadly coronavirus detected in man who recently arrived from Saudi Arabia, where 92 people have died from the illness.

Last updated: 27 Apr 2014 05:53
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Egypt has reported its first case of the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

A 27-year-old man who recently arrived from Saudi Arabia had tested positive for the virus and is being treated in a Cairo hospital. 

MERS, which is related to SARS, has killed at least 92 people in Saudi Arabia.

Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.


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