Netherlands reports second MERS case

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The Hague: A second Dutch case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been confirmed, the Dutch National Institute for the Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced Thursday.

This came just a day after the country confirmed the first case, according to Xinhua.


Both patients, who are members of a same family, had travelled together to Saudi Arabia between April 26 and May 10.

There have been over 500 confirmed MERS cases since the first cases were reported in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012.

MERS infections can cause severe respiratory symptoms, especially to people with other health problems, and diarrhea symptoms may also occur.

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