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WHO voices concern over rising numbers of MERS-CoV cases

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2968
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization has expressed concern over the rising number of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in recent weeks, particularly in the light of two significant outbreaks at healthcare facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

As of 24 April, 254 laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the virus had occurred since September 2012, including 93 deaths. However, March and April alone have seen 70 new cases this year.

Ala Alwan, WHO regional director for the eastern Mediterranean, said that about three quarters …

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