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Apr 28, 2014

Apr 28, 2014
King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah

MERS cases keep rising, but no change in virus seen

Saudi Arabia reported 26 cases and Egypt its first, but new sequencing findings showed no major mutations.

Mar 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014
Camels with riders in a desert setting

WHO says first patient in MERS cluster had camel contact

In other dromedary news, research on camels' possible role is under way in Qatar.

Mar 03, 2014

Mar 03, 2014
Camel and rider at pyramids

WHO: Reported MERS case in Egypt not confirmed

A WHO spokesman said tests so far have not confirmed MERS in an Egyptian woman.

Feb 28, 2014

Feb 28, 2014
Map of Egypt

Media report says Egypt has its first MERS case

The Egyptian woman died after returning from a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Jan 03, 2014

Jan 03, 2014
camel in desert

Study: MERS-CoV-like virus was in camels in 2003

Researchers say that MERS-CoV, or a closely related virus, existed in camels in the UAE in 2003.

Jul 23, 2009

Jul 23, 2009

WHO offices issue pandemic flu surveillance updates

(CIDRAP News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) recently posted surveillance and status updates for regions where the pandemic H1N1 is just gaining a foothold, including the Mideast, Africa, and parts of Asia and the Pacific, which showed Southeast Asia as the hardest hit of those areas.


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