Apr 29

MERS Plague Towards the Hajj Season

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said the death toll due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or Mers rose to 102 people. The death rate increased sharply, and the virus has now spread to Egypt.


The Ministry of Health in Riyadh on Sunday (27/4) confirm that there are 16 new cases detected MERS within 24 hours.

In a statement through the site on Sunday night, the ministry reported eight more people were killed, bringing the death toll from the disease first appeared two years ago to 102 people.

Among the number of deaths, 39 cases occurred only within the last month. Includes a 9-month-old baby, according to the ministry.

Until now there are 339 confirmed cases of MERS. Saudi Arabia is the country most severely affected by the outbreak because the virus variants that killed a third of sufferers.

It was also reported that four medical staff of a hospital in the city of Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia belong to the list of people with MERS.

The panic came as a virus outbreak that forced the closure of a hospital in Jeddah, where the number of doctors resigned this month after refusing to treat a patient for fear of being infected MERS.

King Abdullah visited Jeddah last week in an attempt to convince people to put an end to “false rumors and exaggerated” MERS related. Son Abdullah, who is also Minister of National Guard, Prince Mitab stated that three specialized medical centers have been made in Jeddah, Riyadh and Syarqiyah province.

Saudi Arabian Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia confirmed 20 new cases of MERS through a press conference on 20 April 2014

Worried to the Hajj season

MERS infections began to increase a few months before the season when Muslim pilgrims fulfilling the Hajj Mecca and Medina, which this year fell in September.

MERS is considered as a virus more lethal cousin of Weight Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed approximately 800 people in various parts of the world in 2003. Yet MERS believed a little more difficult to spread than SARS.

There is no cure or vaccine for MERS, though it is known that not all are affected by this virus automatically become ill.

On Saturday (26/4) Egypt’s first reported case of MERS after a 27-year-old patient who had just returned from Saudi Arabia tested positive for the deadly disease.