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Avoid Ebola panic, fear: UN chief Ban Ki-moon

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 02:03

Urging governments to avoid panic and fear, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced plans on Tuesday to step up the global response to the Ebola outbreak and bring it under control.

Vaccines for SARS, MERS viruses closer to reality

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 13:00

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.

US confirms its first case of MERS virus

Last Updated: Saturday, May 03, 2014, 04:53

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

Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013, 19:31

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.

WHO says MERS virus death toll hits 33

Last Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013, 18:11

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.

New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:24

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.