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WHO Reports 6 More Cases Of MERS Virus In Saudi Arabia, UAE

“Six more people, most of them health care workers, have contracted the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the [WHO] said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/18). “The latest infections of four women and two men aged between 26 and 42 bring the global total to 88 cases, including 45 deaths, the United Nations agency said in a statement,” Reuters writes, adding, “Five of the six new cases were health workers and the other was a man who came in close contact with someone who had been infected with the disease, which is known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, WHO said” (7/18). “The report comes a day after a panel of experts assembled by the [WHO] concluded that the MERS situation is a serious concern but does not yet constitute an international public health emergency,” CIDRAP News notes (Roos, 7/18).