MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia: Infected Cases Continue to Rise, Experimental Vaccine Developed

Monday, May 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Esther Tanquintic-Misa
May 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia has recently registered three new cases and three new deaths from the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. To date, infected cases from the oil-rich kingdom has reached 483, of which 142 have died.

According to the Health Ministry, the three new cases were all women from Riyadh, two are receiving treatment at hospital while the third is in home isolation. The three new deaths were two females from Riyadh and a male from Jeddah.

Health experts warned residents, most especially those handling camels, should wear masks and gloves to prevent further spreading the virus.

“Exercise caution and follow preventive measures,” the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said, according to a report on the official Saudi Press Agency.

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