Monday, August 26, 2013

Qatar Reports Second MERS Infection This Week

Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) announced a fourth person has fallen ill with MERS in that country, the second this week alone.

The 29 year old man is in critical condition at the Hamad Medical Corporation hospital. According to the SCH, 104 cases have now been reported in the Middle East and Europe, with 49 deaths. Most of those stricken were from Saudi Arabia, totaling 82 confirmed ill and accounting for 41 fatalities.

This announcement continues a worrisome week in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to the two new cases in Qatar, Saudi Arabia has reported two additional deaths and four new confirmed cases. Another sixteen suspected cases are as yet unconfirmed.

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