10 new MERS coronavirus cases bring global total to 104
By Leslie Bentz
Thu August 29, 2013
Ten new cases of the MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia have brought the global total to 104, including 49 deaths.
According to a release sent by the World Health Organization (WHO), the cases include two men from Riyadh who died.
One was 54 and the other 51, the agency said Wednesday.
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Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, acts like a cold virus and attacks the respiratory system, the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.
Precise data are not available on the total number of people who have been infected because it is difficult to tell how many get a mild form of the infection, or remain asymptomatic while infected.
Although many of the cases have occurred on the Arabian Peninsula, people have died of the infection elsewhere, including in four European countries and Tunisia.