World Bulletin / News Desk
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus continues to spread as the number of cases in Saudi Arabia has risen to 132 after the detection of two new cases.
The two infected persons are a 26 year old from Riyadh and a 51 year old from the Al Jafv region, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said in a written statement.
The virus was first discovered on September 2012. Around the world, coronavirus -the nightmare of middle eastern countries- has killed 68 people so far, 55 of whom were in Saudi Arabia.
The number of infected people has been spreading across the region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Jordan and Oman.
Coronavirus has also been found in some European countries such as the UK, France, Germany and Italy.
During an epidemic of SARS (ancestor of Corona) in 2003, more than 800 people -mostly from the Asian continent- lost their lives. The virus destroys the lungs and kidneys of victims and no cure is available as of yet. Symptoms include long-lasting fever and cough, as with SARS. It is presumed that long-term physical contact causes infection.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Aralık 2013, 13:23