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Saudi Arabia Reports Another MERS-Related Death

“One more person has died and two more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus, MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Friday,” Reuters reports. The country has recorded “46 cases, of whom 28 have died, data from the ministry showed,” and worldwide, 33 people have died of the disease, according to the WHO, the news agency notes (Kasolowsky, 6/14). “The virus is a member of the coronavirus family, which includes the pathogen that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),” Al Arabiya writes, adding, “Health officials have expressed concern about the high proportion of deaths relative to cases, warning that MERS could spark a new global crisis if it mutates into a form that spreads more easily” (6/14).

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