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Mers infects 68, kills 10 in UAE (since March last yr.)

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    Jun 03 2014
    Mers infects 68, kills 10 in UAE
    Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Mers, or the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the UAE since March last year, Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Health, told the Federal National Council on Tuesday...

    ...All the cases were found in Abu Dhabi, WHO said, as it announced the potentially fatal virus has now spread to Yemen.

    The patients range in age from four to 73, with a median age of 41, and 72 per cent of them are male.

    More than two‐thirds affected were health-care workers, including paramedics, but only one became seriously ill.

    Twenty‐eight cases of Mers were identified in a hospital cluster in Al Ain City, the first of which was a 45‐year‐old male shopkeeper who died in the UAE on April 10. It was reported that he hadn?t recently travelled or had any contact with animals, and it?s not currently known how he caught it.

    A further 27 cases were health-care workers or had had contact with infected people; the remaining five cases, among them a mother and daughter and an unrelated four‐year-old child whose mother had recently returned from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia...