Fresh coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 21:40 hrs

Geneva, Oct 15 (IANS) Two fresh deaths from laboratory-confirmed infection of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported from Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday.

WHO said in its latest disease outbreak update that globally, from September 2012 to date, it has been informed of a total of 138 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with the coronavirus, including 60 deaths, Xinhua reported.

The two male patients, aged 55 and 78 and from Riyadh region, became ill at the end of September and died in the beginning of October. Both were reported to have had no contact to a known laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV, according to the WHO.

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