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Qatar Reports First MERS-Related Fatality

Qatar on Wednesday reported its first fatality from the SARS-like virus that “has killed 50 people out of 108 confirmed cases of infections, the [WHO] said on its website on August 30,” Agence France-Presse reports. The virus, called MERS-CoV — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — “is considered a cousin of the SARS virus” and has hit Saudi Arabia the worst, the news agency writes. “Two other cases of infection have been registered in [Qatar], including two men, aged 59 and 29, who were hospitalized last month,” AFP writes (9/4).

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