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Egypt Reports First MERS Virus Case

Egypt Reports First MERS Virus Case

The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has spread to Egypt too as the nation recorded its first case of MERS in a citizen who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.

The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, originated in Middle East and spread to Europe and has already caused over 90 deaths.

The 27-year-old Egyptian is being treated for pneumonia at a Cairo hospital and is in a stable condition, the Egypt's Health Ministry said in a statement. The ministry added that the man was living in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Meanwhile, five more persons died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in Saudi and now the death toll in this country from this disease has jumped to 92.

The Saudi Health Ministry on Friday posted the news on its website saying four of the fatalities were among 14 cases confirmed over the past 24 hours, while one person who died on Friday was has been previously announced to be infected with virus.

Three of the new deaths (two males and a female) were reported by the King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, while Prince Sultan Military Medical City in Riyadh and Al-Noor Hospital in Makkah reach reported one death.

Of the 14 new cases, seven were in Jeddah, four in Riyadh, and three in Makkah. Four nurses, including two in Makkah and one each in Riyadh and Jeddah, have also fallen ill to MERS.