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Mers virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air. Mers, a seri

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Saudi mulls camel imports ban as virus spreads

Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that has killed hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels from the Horn of Africa, and could ban such imports until it knows more, the kingdom's chief scientist told Reuters. Any ban on

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Saudi confirms 4 new virus cases

Saudi Arabia has notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of four new laboratory-confirmed cases with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), said a report.   Of these, two are from Riyadh region - a 38-ye

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Bahrain doubles flu vaccine orders on new fear

Fears over the spread of deadly viruses in the Middle East have spurred Bahrain's Health Ministry to up its annual order of flu vaccine to 50,000 doses.   Recent outbreaks of H1N1 swine flu and Middle East Re

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Mers abating, but still a concern: WHO

An outbreak of deadly Mers virus infections remains a serious public health problem, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, but an upsurge in cases is abating and the disease does not constitute a global emergency.  

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Saudi Mers response hobbled by institutional failings

When Saudi Arabia announced last week it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), it didn't just force a rethink of the threat the virus poses, it exposed institutional failings. Saudi he

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Experts seek openness on deadly Mers outbreak

A dramatic upward revision in the number of people killed by the Mers virus in Saudi Arabia may signal a fresh approach from Riyadh, but also raises new questions about how the two-year-old outbreak has been handled. Experts in gl

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Data review: Mers death toll in Saudi soars to 282

Saudi Arabia today raised the death toll in the kingdom from the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus to 282 from 190 following a review of health data. A statement distributed by the Health Ministry in an email sa

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Saudi minister sacked over handling of Mers

Saudi Arabia has sacked Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish who has been criticised by some international scientists over his handling of the deadly Mers virus that has infected 575 people in the kingdom and spread around the world.

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Bahrain issues virus warning for Haj pilgrims

Measures are being drawn up to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) to Bahrain during the Haj later this year, said a report. Authorities want to minimise the risk of pilgrims travelling th

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