Saudis worried about MERS due to upcoming Hajj season

Saudi Arabia announced four more deaths caused by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), number is escalating to 17 in past week

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Photo by: Reuters

Man wearing mask as a precaution for MERS virus

Saudi health officials declared that they are worried about the timing of the escalation of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the Kingdom prepares to welcome almost two million Muslims for Hajj next month.

MERS infections have been recorded mostly in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the latest cases have been related to an outbreak in a hospital in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

MERS arose by a corona virus, a type of virus including the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

It was reported on Wednesday that a Jordanian was infected with the MERS virus and is being treated in a hospital in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, following his returned from Saudi Arabia.

According to WHO, at least 515 people have died globally related to MERS virus since 2012.

The virus first occured in Saudi Arabia in 2012

TRTWorld and agencies