Friday, June 14, 2013

Global Impact: Another Person Dies from MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia, 2 More Fall Ill

According to, another victim of MERS-CoV has died  and two more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry reported earlier today.

Saudi Arabia has been the country most affected by the respiratory-system virus, with 46 cases, of whom 28 have died, data from the Health Ministry reveals.

The latest death brings the worldwide death toll to 33, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

COMMENT: The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has spread from the Gulf to France, Italy, Britain and Germany.

It is a distant relative of the virus that triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world in late 2003 and killed 775 people.

The origin of the MERS virus is still unclear. So far, it appears to spread between people only when there is close, prolonged contact.