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Saudi health minister sacks deputy as MERS toll rises

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 00:02

Saudi Arabia`s health minister has sacked one of his deputies as the death toll by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)coronavirus reached 190, the ministry said on Twitter on today.

MERS: Know all about the novel virus

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 17:44

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness that first surfaced in Saudi Arabia in April 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.

French scientists lose 2300 samples of deadly SARS virus

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 14:47

A prestigious French institute has misplaced about 2,349 vials containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus.

SARS-like viruses can jump from bats to humans: Study

Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013, 09:30

Scientists said Wednesday they had found evidence that SARS-like coronaviruses can jump straight from a type of Chinese bat to humans without the need for an intermediary animal "host".

Two Saudis die of MERS virus: Ministry

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 19:54

Two Saudis have died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the health ministry said today, bringing the total number of fatalities from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 49.

Cure for deadly SARS virus now closer to reality

Last Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013, 13:54

Researchers have uncovered components of the SARS coronavirus - which triggered a major outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-03 - that allow it to take over host cells in order to replicate.

Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from new virus

Last Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 21:02

Saudi Arabia says one more man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 39 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.

Coronavirus not a global threat as of now

Last Updated: Saturday, July 06, 2013, 13:36

Researchers have said that the deadly coronavirus that emerged last year, does not currently appear to be infectious enough to pose a global threat.

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