World Bulletin/News Desk
Saudi Arabia on Friday reported another death from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), commonly known as coronavirus, bringing the total number of MERS-related fatalities in the kingdom to 178 since 2012.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said that three more people had contracted the virus, bringing the total number of virus infections in the country to 554 since September 2012, when the virus first appeared.
According to the ministry, another four people recovered after contracting the virus.
The latest reports bring the total number of cases registered in the country this month to 183. Of these, 67 have been fatal.
MERS, for which no cure currently exists, is known for destroying the lungs and kidneys.
Along with Saudi Arabia, MERS has also been reported in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Oman.
It is presumed that long-term physical contact with infected persons can lead to contagion.Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2014, 11:05