May 5, 2014 9:33 am

Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from MERS virus

A colourized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012 is shown.

The Canadian Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says one more patient who contracted the potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS has died and that 14 new cases have been detected.

The ministry said on its website Sunday that a Saudi man in his 70s died in Riyadh. It says this brings to 112 the number of deaths from the virus in the kingdom since September 2012.

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The new 14 cases raise the number of those infected in Saudi Arabia to 411. Five of the new cases were detected in Riyadh, five in Jiddah and four in Mecca – three women and a 14-year-old boy.

MERS belongs to the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused some 800 deaths globally in 2003.

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