Saturday, 03 May 2014 - 16:17
Deadly Middle East respiratory virus strikes in US
The United States announced yesterday, its first case of a dangerous respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East and has a high death rate.
The person infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus MERS, is a health care provider who had travelled to Riyadh for work.
The name, gender and location of the patient were not disclosed.
There is no cure for MERS-CoV and no vaccine against it.
According to the CDC, 401 people in 12 countries have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV, including the US patient.
The latest death toll announced by Saudi health authorities is 107.