Toll 61 as MERS takes life of Saudi octogenarian


Published — Monday 24 February 2014

Last update 25 February 2014 6:02 am

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A woman has died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, bringing to 61 the number of deaths from the SARS-related disease in the Kingdom.
A statement by the Ministry of Health said that the 81-year-old Saudi woman, who was chronically ill, died in a Riyadh hospital on Sunday.
The woman was among 147 people who have been infected with the virus in the Kingdom since the new coronavirus was discovered by scientists in September 2012.
Of the total of 182 cases of MERS infection worldwide reported to World Health Organization (WHO), 80 have died, including the 61 in Saudi Arabia.
Health officials said most of the dead MERS victims in the Kingdom have also been diagnosed to be suffering from other diseases.
The 60th fatality, who died a week ago was a 22-year-old Saudi who was also suffering from cancer, according to the MOH.
Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.

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