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Saudi Arabia Reports 4 New MERS Deaths, 18 New Cases

News outlets cover issues surrounding the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Agence France-Presse: Saudi confirms four new MERS deaths, 18 more infections
“Saudi Arabia has announced four more deaths from the MERS coronavirus and 18 new infections, as it battles to contain the mystery disease which has now killed 121 people in the kingdom…” (5/8).

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds another 18 MERS cases as disease spreads
“Saudi Arabia has identified 18 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it said late on Wednesday, pushing the total number of infections in the country so far to 449…” (McDowall, 5/8).

Reuters: Head of Jeddah hospital replaced as Saudi fights MERS virus
“Saudi Arabia replaced the head of Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital on Tuesday as it struggled with mounting deaths from the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome ahead of an influx of Muslim pilgrims in July…” (El Gamal, 5/7).

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