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Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia. "Medical personnel have recorded one case of the coronavirus in Sanaa and the victim is a Yemeni man who works as an aeronautics engineer," the semi-official al-Thawra newspaper quoted Public Health Minister Ahmed al-Ansi as saying.

Foreigner dies of MERS in Saudi, 8 infected

A foreigner has died from MERS while eight people including five health workers have been infected in the Saudi city of Jeddah, where the spread of the coronavirus among medics has sparked panic. The death of the 45-year-old man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, brings the nationwide toll in the world's most-affected country to 68. The health ministry late Saturday announced the death of the man and said five health workers -- two women and three men -- and three other people had been infected by the virus in Jeddah.

Saudi MERS death toll rises to 66

Saudi health authorities have reported the deaths of another two men from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst hit country to 66. A 70-year-old national, who died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, had also been suffering from chronic illnesses, the health ministry said in a late Sunday statement. The second victim was a medic, also in Jeddah, where the ministry reported four new cases of the disease.

Lab-dish advance against MERS virus

Chinese scientists said Tuesday they had identified a compound that, in lab dish experiments, blocks infection by the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. A type of small protein, also known as a peptide, prevents the spikey virus from fusing with human respiratory cells, they said. Fusion is a key step in replication of the virus. It enables the virus to infiltrate a cell and hijack its cellular machinery in order to reproduce. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, was led by Shibo Jiang at Fudan University in Shanghai.

New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 57

Saudi health authorities announced Thursday a new MERS death, bringing to 57 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities. The health ministry said in a statement on its website that a 73-year-old Saudi man, who suffered from chronic illnesses, died in the capital Riyadh after he contracted MERS. Authorities also registered four other new MERS cases in Riyadh. Two of them are Saudis, one is a 57-year-old who is chronically ill and is in intensive care and the other is a 27-year-old medic.

UAE records first MERS death

A Jordanian expatriate has died in Abu Dhabi shortly after giving birth in the first recorded death from the MERS virus in the United Arab Emirates, health officials said. The 32-year-old woman had been diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus last month when she was eight months pregnant. So far her newborn son has not tested positive for the disease but the World Health Organisation said "further investigations into close contacts of the family, the newborn baby and healthcare workers are ongoing."

Qatar confirms new coronavirus in three camels: WHO

GENEVA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Qatar notified the World Health Organization (WHO) that laboratory investigations have confirmed the presence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in three camels, the organization said Friday. The camels were among a herd of 14 animals in a barn, with which two confirmed human infections reported in October had contact, according to the WHO.

MERS virus strikes Jordan couple in UAE

Two new cases of the potentially deadly MERS respiratory virus, including a heavily pregnant woman, have been reported in the United Arab Emirates, media Friday cited health authorities as saying. A 38-year-old Jordanian resident was hospitalised with breathing problems and diagnosed to be a carrier of MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was also hospitalised after being diagnosed as suffering from the disease, health authorities in Abu Dhabi said.

Qatar reports three camel MERS infections

Qatar said on Thursday that three camels have been found infected with the MERS coronavirus, in the first case of animals contracting the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state. The camels were found in the same barn, and had been in contact with two humans who fully recovered from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, said the country's Supreme Council of Health. It was the second reported case of animals infected with MERS after Saudi Arabia announced a camel had tested positive for the virus this month.

Saudi announces 55th MERS death

The Saudi health ministry on Sunday announced a new MERS death, raising to 55 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities. A 37-year-old Saudi man died in Riyadh, the ministry said on its website. The World Health Organisation says it has been informed of 155 laboratory-confirmed MERS cases worldwide so far, including 64 deaths, most of them in Saudi Arabia. Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.
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