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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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Saudi hospital buys disinfection systems to fight Mers

King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) has purchased 12 portable disinfection systems from UV-C Technologies to destroy organisms in its environment including the hospital and ambulances, said a report. While the immediate need is to combat t

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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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10pc rise in Umrah pilgrims, despite Mers fears

Despite the fears caused by the Mers Coronavirus, the number of Umrah pilgrims this year saw a 10 per cent rise, said a report.   Saudi Arabia had not restricted pilgrims arriving from different countries because

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10pc rise in Umrah pilgrims, despite Mers fears

Despite the fears caused by the Mers Coronavirus, the number of Umrah pilgrims this year saw a 10 per cent rise, said a report.   Saudi Arabia had not restricted pilgrims arriving from different countries because

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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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Saudi’s $16bn religious tourism ‘not affected by Mers’

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) will not affect Saudi Arabia’s $16 billion religious tourism industry, the kingdom’s travel and aviation industry executives said in a report.   An influx o

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