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Oct 29, 2013

Oct 29, 2013
French flags in front of Eiffel Tower

France cites likely MERS case; WHO notes Qatar case

France today reported a probable MERS case in a recent traveler to Saudi Arabia.

Oct 10, 2013

Oct 10, 2013
Hajj in Mecca

Survey: MERS advice for high-risk Hajj pilgrims often ignored

Pre-Hajj survey finds that at-risk French pilgrims aren't cancelling plans because of MERS.

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Italy resident has MERS after trip to Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Italy announced its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case today, in a man who recently spent time in Jordan, site of the first known MERS illnesses, according to media reports.

May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

More MERS-CoV deaths reported as clusters are profiled

(CIDRAP News) – Another Saudi Arabian has been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), while six others whose illnesses were previously announced have died, Saudi Arabian authorities and the World Health Organization announced today.

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports 5 more MERS-CoV cases

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabia reported today that five more people have been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), as if to underline yesterday's warning from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel virus is a global threat.

May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Saudis to send animal samples to US in MERS-CoV probe

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabian officials announced today that they plan to send animal samples to the United States as part of the hunt for the source of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and also reported that testing of scores of human samples has revealed no new cases in the past 2 days.

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

WHO expert concerned guest workers could spread coronavirus

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) expert has expressed concern that guest workers in the Middle East could carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to India and the Philippines, according to a media report, while a few more details emerged about three Tunisian cases reported yesterday.

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Coronavirus cases, deaths reported in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

(CIDRAP News) – A media report today said the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has reached Tunisia, killing one man and infecting two of his relatives, while Saudi Arabia has reported another death and a new case since May 17.

May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

WHO airs concern about coronavirus transmission

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced increased concern today about the possibility of community transmission of the novel coronavirus, while sketching in a few more details about a hospital-centered case cluster in Saudi Arabia and the clinical spectrum of the infection.

May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Saudi Arabia assigns more labs to coronavirus probe

(CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabia has dedicated more labs to investigating novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in the country, while the condition of an nCoV patient in France has worsened, according to news media reports today.

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