Saudi Arabia officials confirmed that the Mers Virus death toll reached 282, which is 100 more than the initial estimations. A national hospital data review was done to cover the period between the virus’ appearance in 2012 and now.
Mers stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is a coronavirus that causes respiratory infections. The first death was recorded in Saudi Arabia in 2012, with camels being suspected as primary human infection source.
According to Saudi authorities, there are 688 confirmed Mers infections.
Saudi Arabia registered the largest Mers infections number. 53 of those affected are currently receiving treatment. According to Saudi health ministry spokesman:
Though the review showed confirmed cases that needed to be added, we are still witnessing a decline in the number of newly registered cases in the past few weeks.
Mers virus can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure. It is a part of the common cold virus family and no cure is currently available.