385 Die Of MERS Virus In S. Arabia, UN Sends Investigative Team – 22 February 2015

RT logoAs the deadly MERS virus with no vaccine caused two more fatalities in Saudi Arabia, bringing the death toll in the country to 385, an international team of health experts was dispatched to look into the cases.

The news of two more deaths was issues by Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry on Saturday. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has infected 902 people in the country since it was first identified in 2012, though 490 people who contracted the disease have recovered.

Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.

An international team of UN human and animal health experts flew into Saudi Arabia on Friday to investigate the recent surge. A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization team said February has seen what appears to be one of the highest numbers of cases since the virus first emerged in humans.

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