MERS Virus Outbreak Spreads to Egypt, UAE

By: Sean Patterson - April 27, 2014

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak that has hit Saudi Arabia in recent weeks has begun spreading. According to a Reuters report, Egypt this weekend confirmed its first-ever case of MERS. The Egyptian patient had been working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before returning to the country.

In addition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reported seven new confirmed cases of MERS. One of those patients is a 4-year-old Abu Dhabi boy believed to have been infected by his mother, who recently returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia.

More than 120 cases of MERS have been reported in Saudi Arabia in the past month. The center of the outbreak seems to be the city of Jeddah, a port city on the Red Sea where seven cases of MERS have been confirmed this month. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) most of the infections have been secondary cases in which healthcare workers or other hospital patients have been infected by someone who already has the virus.

The WHO reports 254 cases of MERS have been confirmed since the virus first appeared two years ago in April 2012. Of those cases, 93 have resulted in the patient’s death.

MERS is a coronavirus that causes severe respiratory difficulties in humans. Symptoms of an infection include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.

The healthcare community is still researching exactly how MERS is spread, though a rise in infections has now been observed during March and April for a third year in a row. The WHO has suggested that “inadequate” infection prevention and control may have contributed to the recent outbreak.

Cases of MERS outside the Middle East are rare. In addition to Saudi Arabia, the UAE has also seen a significant number of MERS cases over the past two years. Other countries to report MERS infections include Qatar, Jordan, the UK, Kuwait, Tunisia, France, and Germany.

Image via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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  • Ardeare

    Egyptian women are HOTT!!! My goal is to have sex with as many as I can.

    • Ed

      Good! Maybe you will catch MERS

      • Linda Schueller

        Ed…Ardeara is a troll make no mind to him…I just pray they find a cure.

  • CharlesSolomon

    Planet Earth and Her Animals, AKA God’s Innocent Children, have been raped long enough by We HomoSaps, an errant SpinOff from the GreatApes. If it’s MomNature on a Pissed Off Mission, Watch The FU CK Out………….

  • Dru

    Nope, lies. MERS was created by the UN and Chinese government to help control the sectarian violence and ever growing population of the Middle East.

    Or else that’s what people will believe soon enough….

    • Trevor

      Are you nuts or just stupid? People like you are so evil that you have to link everything to religion and politics to mislead and manipulate people. So much of hatred in you that you will die of it rather than of anything else.