MERS virus spreads to Egypt, 26 more cases reported in Saudi Arabia

Apr 27 2014, 6:28pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

MERS virus spreads to Egypt, 26 more cases reported in Saudi Arabia
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Egypt is reporting its first potential case of the deadly MERS virus.

A 27-year old Egyptian civil engineer recently came home from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and reported experiencing symptoms reminiscent to the diabolical MERS virus.

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia two years ago. Caused by a coronavirus, its symptoms include high fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea.

Its origins is still unknown, but there are speculations that the virus was transmitted to humans through camels. So far, that theory has not been proven.

The Egyptian man, who is from the Nile Delta, is now confined in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt's Ministry of Health told Reuters on Saturday. This could be Egypt's first case of the MERS virus which has a 40 percent death rate among confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has confirmed 26 more cases of the lethal virus on Sunday, bringing the total number of affected people to 339.

According to a Reuters report, 15 people are from Jeddah, 4 from Riyadh, 6 from northern city of Tabuk, and 1 from Mecca. Of the 26, 10 people died from MERS this weekend. Saudi Arabia's acting health minister, Adel Fakieh, said that hospitals in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam have been assigned to accommodate the patients.

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