Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi MERS death toll rises to 163  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 17/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - AFP) Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported three more fatalities from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 163.

The health ministry website also revealed on Saturday that 520 cases have been recorded in the country since Middle East Respiratory Syndrome first appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

It said three women died on Friday, including one in Riyadh, 48, and a 67-year-old in the western city of Taif.

A third woman died in Jeddah, the port city where a spate of cases among staff at King Fahd Hospital last month sparked public panic and the dismissal of its director and the health minister.

Other nations including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States have also recorded cases, mostly in people who had been to the desert kingdom.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said its emergency committee, which includes global medical and policy experts, had flagged mountng concerns about the potentially fatal virus.

The WHO called on countries to improve infection prevention and control, collect more data on MERS and to be vigilant in preventing it from spreading to vulnerable countries, notably in Africa.

But it has so far stopped short of declaring an international health emergency, which would have far-reaching implications such as travel and trade restrictions on affected countries.

A WHO team carried out a five-day inspection visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month and pinpointed breaches in its recommended infection prevention measures as being partly responsible for the spike in hospital infections.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like SARS, it appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering coughing, breathing difficulties and a temperature. But MERS differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure.


 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 26 2016 - Qatar, Indonesia USD1b joint fund to start operationMENAFN
(MENAFN) USD1bn mutual investment fund launched by Qatar and Indonesia in its finishing stages and will fund main infrastructure and energy projects.Additionally, Indonesia"s 15pct share of the fund ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Abu Dhabi's Dh4b Medical City to be ready by 2017MENAFN
(MENAFN) Work on Dh4bn Shaikh Shakhbut Medical City will be completed by the beginning of Q4 of 2017.Accordingly, Abu Dhabi General Services Co. (Musanada) exposed that 87 percent of the works has ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Four Rums for right now!MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Four Rums for right now! These four rums are perfect to beat the end of summer and beginning of the fall.— Forrest Cokely SEATTLE, CA, USA, September 23, 2016 ...

 Sep 26 2016 - New Interview Released with the Environment Agency in run-up to Energy from Waste 2016MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) New Interview Released with the Environment Agency in run-up to Energy from Waste 2016 An Interview with the Environment Agency Energy from Waste 2016 Quick Fire Q & A released ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Jordan- Moderate weather conditions forecast over next two daysJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, Sept.26 (Petra) -- A slight drop in temperatures is expected on Monday, but moderate weather conditions started early this week will continue to prevail across ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Egypt petrol subsidy drops by 29pctMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt's spending on petroleum subsidies declined by 29 percent in the 2015-16 financial years compared to one year earlier.Accordingly, the subsidies fell by 23 percent, to USD71.36bn for ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Saudi Arabia to inject 20b riyals for fiscal stabilityMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia proclaimed that it would inject almost 20bn riyals at commercial banks and introduce two new money market instruments to avoid a surge in market rates.Moreover, it will also ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Volume of UAE, South Korea trade stood at AED122.7 billionEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI, 25th September, 2016 (WAM)--The total value of trade between the UAE and South Korea reached AED122.7 billion from 2010 - 2015, of which AED115.8 ...

 Sep 26 2016 - UAE- Abdullah bin Zayed host reception in New YorkEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) NEW YORK, 25th September 2016 (WAM) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, hosted a ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Mohammed bin Rashid visits Bloomberg HQ in Dubai, meets chairmanEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI, 25th September, 2016 (WAM)--Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has stressed ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help