Mers: New Deadly Virus in Saudi Arabia
Saudi people who became a victim of Sars virus a few years back are now facing the wrath of another virus and ever more deadly Mers virus that has killed almost 50% of its victims but it according to Saudi ministers it is not likely to reach the same scales as SARS.
The Middle East respiratory-syndrome coronavirus (Mers) emerged in 2012 and has infected 90 people worldwide, 45 of them have died. A global outbreak is of concern but doctors are doing their best to find its roots because that’s the only ways to stop it.
The virus belongs to the same group of viruses from which Sars belong that killed 774 people.
So far the only cases registered are from the Middle Eastern region with countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Qatar suffering the most. In Saudi Arabia alone there are 47 cases till now.
There is a threat of this virus reaching Pakistan as well considering the massive amount of Pakistani people working it the Peninsula Region.
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Deputy Minister for Public Health Professor Ziad Memish told BBC that: “Despite sharing some clinical similarities with Sars, there are also some important differences.
“In contrast to Sars, which was much more infectious especially in healthcare settings and affected the healthier and the younger age group, Mers appears to be more deadly, with 60% of patients with co-existing chronic illnesses dying, compared with the 1% toll of Sars.
“Although this high mortality rate with Mers is probably spurious due to the fact that we are only picking up severe cases and missing a significant number of milder or asymptomatic cases
“So far there is little to indicate that Mers will follow a similar path to Sars.”
He said “We are searching vigorously for the source of this virus”.