11 cases of Mers virus reported in Jeddah

April 10, 2014 - 5:20:36 am

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia said yesterday it had recorded 11 cases infected with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Jeddah, including hospital staff.

Two of the patients died, six have recovered, while three are undergoing treatment, the official Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the Jeddah health authority. 

The emergency department of King Fahd hospital in Jeddah was closed for disinfection after one health worker there tested positive for the virus and subsequent tests on other staff members showed further infections. 

Some patients were transferred to other hospitals while the disinfection was carried out, the health authority said. 

A nurse at King Abdelaziz hospital had earlier tested positive for the virus but no other workers in that hospital were infected. 

The health authority assured the public that no other hospitals in Jeddah had recorded any cases and denied rumours that more than two deaths had occurred. 

MERS emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and is from the same family as the SARS virus. 

It can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia.

Reuters

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