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Bangladeshi dies of Mers in Saudi

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A man helps his friend with common flu at a hospital of Damman. Photo: Reuters
A man helps his friend with common flu at a hospital of Damman. Photo: Reuters

Five more people, including a Bangladeshi woman, have died from the Mers coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, taking the country's death toll from the disease to 92, reports BBC.

The detailed identity of the woman was not available but a Saudi government statement said the latest five victims were two Saudi nationals, two elderly Palestinians and a Bangladeshi woman in her 40s, BBC reports on its website.

It comes as Egypt recorded its first case, in a 27-year-old man who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials said 14 new cases had been detected in the kingdom, bringing the total to 313 since the virus first emerged there 18 months ago.

Mers causes symptoms including fever, pneumonia and kidney failure.

Egypt's health ministry said the man diagnosed there with Mers - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - was from the Nile Delta and had been living in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

He is being treated for pneumonia at a Cairo hospital and is in a stable condition, the ministry added.

Last Monday, Saudi health minister Abdullah al-Rabiah was sacked without explanation, as the Mers death toll climbed.

On Friday, a spokesman for the World Health Organization in Geneva said it was "concerned" about the rising numbers of Mers cases in Saudi Arabia.

It called for a speedy scientific breakthrough as research continues into the virus and its route of infection.

Published: 4:48 pm Sunday, April 27, 2014

Last modified: 9:37 pm Sunday, April 27, 2014

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