Friday, November 1, 2013

WHO Confirms 149 MERS Infections in Nine Countries; 63 Deaths

WHO confirms 149 MERS cases in nine countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed four previously reported cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including the first case in the country of Oman.

The 68 year old man from the Al Dahkliya region reportedly has not recently traveled outside the country. Research continues on identifying the source of the infection which has now struck nine countries, most infections originating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Health Officials had reported three additional infections with the virus, including one fatality, earlier this week. WHO now has confirmed 149 cases of MERS with 63 deaths. The Saudi Ministry of Health website currently shows 125 cases and 53 fatalities in that country.

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