WHO making 'fundamental changes' after Ebola outbreak

The WHO is making some "fundamental changes" in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including a proposed USD 100 million contingency fund, the chief of the global health body said Monday.

Oman reports first MERS death in nearly a year

Oman today reported its first death of a person from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona-virus (MERS-CoV) in nearly a year.

Saudi Arabia: Deaths from MERS virus reach 348

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.

Legacy of SARS in Asia offers lessons for Ebola fight

The SARS outbreak of 2003 put Hong Kong on the frontline of a global health crisis -- but the city`s ultimately successful war on the virus offers lessons for those now battling Ebola.

Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients' families

Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported on Wednesday.

Vaccines for SARS, MERS viruses closer to reality

Researchers have figured out how to disable a part of the SARS virus responsible for hiding it from the immune system; a critical step in developing a vaccine against the deadly disease.

Saudi health minister sacks deputy as MERS toll rises

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

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.

US confirms its first case of MERS virus

US health officials on Friday confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious Middle East virus. The man fell ill after arriving in the US about a week ago from Saudi Arabia where he is a health care worker.

Saudi announces 56th MERS death

The Saudi health ministry announced today a new MERS death, raising to 56 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities.

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

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".

Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from new virus

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

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

MERS-CoV doesn’t yet have pandemic potential: Study

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which was first detected in Saudi Arabia last year does not have pandemic potential yet, according to a new study.

New Middle East virus could be more lethal than SARS

The new respiratory virus, MERS coronavirus, that originated in the Middle East is mostly spread in hospitals and appears more deadly than SARS, according to a new study.

WHO says MERS virus death toll hits 33

The global death toll from the SARS-like virus MERS has risen to 33, after two new fatalities in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Two Saudi health care workers infected by SARS-like virus

Two health workers in Saudi Arabia have been infected with a new respiratory virus related to SARS that has apparently spread from patients, health officials said Wednesday.

Asia on guard as Taiwan reports first bird flu case

Asian countries today urged renewed vigilance against a spread of H7N9 bird flu after Taiwan reported a case of the deadly strain, the world`s first outside mainland China.

SARS-like virus kill first victim in UK

A mysterious SARS-like respiratory illness has claimed the first victim in Britain, raising the toll to six worldwide from the disease.

New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London.