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    Posted: September 06 2015 at 4:18pm
MERS claims three, infects 7 in Riyadh

RIYADH: Three men, including two expatriates, succumbed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the capital on Sunday, taking the death toll due to the contagion to 517 in the Kingdom so far.
Seven new cases of MERS were also reported from Riyadh, taking the total number of infections to 1,216 since the outbreak of the disease in Saudi Arabia in June 2012.
The latest to die were two expatriates aged 44 and 57 and a 67-year-old Saudi national, according to the Ministry of Health.
The seven new cases include four expatriate health workers, two of them women aged 29 and 38.
On the directives of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, the health facilities in the capital have stepped up measures against the spread of the deadly virus. Specifically, the MoH has launched an intensive awareness campaign to warn people of the hazards associated with the virus and to educate them about how transmission of the virus can be prevented.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
As a precautionary measure, basic rules of personal hygiene should be followed irrespective of the age group. Such rules should include washing hands frequently and covering nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing.
According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most MERS patients develop severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and breathlessness, and three or four out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died.
Health officials first reported the disease in Saudi Arabia in September 2012. Through retrospective investigations, health officials later identified that the first known case of MERS occurred in Jordan in April 2012.
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