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Saudi: 7 dead, 10 new MERS cases found
May 10, 2014, 9:22 am
Women leave the emergency ward at a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The health ministry confirmed 13 new Mers cases in the country.

Ten fresh cases of MERS corona virus and seven fatalities among the earlier patients were reported by Friday noon.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that five patients who had tested positive earlier have been sent home following a complete recovery. Of the 10 newly cases, seven were women. Riyadh had five, Jeddah four and one in Taif.

The deceased were six men and one woman. Of the seven, three were registered at a Jeddah hospital, three in Riyadh and one in Taif.

Of the five infected in Riyadh, there were four women and the youngest among them was a 31-year-old woman, who has not developed any positive symptoms but she had close contact with a confirmed case.

Jeddah reported three women of four who were infected with the virus among whom the youngest was a 26-year-old female, who was in contact with a MERS patient.
In Taif, a 33-year-old man is under observation. He has not developed any symptoms but has a history of associating with infected patients.

Among the five men who were discharged was a 10-year-old boy from a government hospital in Jeddah. The others were four men: two from Jeddah, one from Al-Kharj and another from Tabuk.

Since the infection was first detected in September 2012, the total number of deaths stands at 133.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday on the deadly MERS virus, amid concern over the rising number of cases in several countries.

The UN health agency will host the emergency meeting to discuss the worrying spread of the virus, spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.
The WHO experts will brief reporters at the end of the teleconferenced meeting on Tuesday evening, he said.


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