Saudi Arabia Revises Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Upward; Fires Deputy Health Minister

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

Agence France-Presse: UAE coronavirus death toll rises to 10
“The MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013, the health minister said in comments published by local media on Wednesday…” (6/4).

Associated Press: Saudi review finds over 100 more MERS infections
“Saudi Arabia, which is grappling to contain the spread of a frequently deadly respiratory virus, announced Tuesday that a review of the illness led authorities to sharply revise upward the number of confirmed infections and deaths from the disease…” (Schreck, 6/3).

New York Times: Saudi Arabia: MERS Toll Revised
“…After a review of medical records, the country’s total number of cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since the virus was isolated in 2012 is now 688, up from 575; the death toll is 282, not 190…” (McNeil, 6/4).

Reuters: Saudi MERS data review shows big jump in number of deaths
“…The sharp increase in deaths now attributed to MERS, which causes coughing, fever and pneumonia in some, means the mortality rate from the virus in Saudi Arabia is now 41 percent, instead of the 33 percent previously thought…” (McDowall, 6/3).

Reuters: Saudi Arabia sacks minister criticized over handling of MERS
“Saudi Arabia has sacked Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish who has been criticized by some international scientists over his handling of the deadly MERS virus that has infected 575 people in the kingdom and spread around the world…” (McDowall/Kelland, 6/3).

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