x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Mers virus kills three more in Saudi Arabia

Kingdom has 38 more cases while 30 have now died worldwide.

RIYADH // Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to Sars, bringing the number of deaths globally to 30.

The Saudi ministry of health said yesterday that the three deceased, ranging in age from 24 to 60, had chronic diseases, including kidney failure. It says they were admitted to hospital a month ago after contracting Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome).

The ministry also announced a new case, bringing to 38 the number of those infected in the kingdom. It identified the afflicted person as a 61-year-old from the Al Ahsa region where the outbreak in a healthcare facility started.

Like Sars, the new virus appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs, with patients suffering from a temperature, cough and breathing difficulty, but it differs from Sars in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.

* AP and Agence France-Presse