Sep 08 2013
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MERS-coronavirus kills one person in Saudi Arabia, another in Qatar
DUBAI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The MERS coronavirus has killed two more people in the Gulf, one in Saudi Arabia where the strain emerged last year, and one in neighbouring Qatar, health authorities said.
The death of a 74-year-old man in the Medinah region of western Saudi Arabia was the 45th fatality in the kingdom from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia.
The Saudi Health Ministry also said on Sunday that three women aged between 64 and 75 had contracted the disease.
The World Health Organization said last month the number of confirmed infections worldwide in the past year was 102, of whom almost half had died.
The virus has been reported in people in Tunisia, France, Germany, Italy, and Britain.
(Reporting by Sami Aboudi in Dubai and Amena Bakr in Qatar; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
Keywords: HEALTH CORONAVIRUS/SAUDI
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