MERS kills 10 in Saudi Arabia (Al-Shorfa)

The Saudi Ministry of Health has recorded 10 deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS) since last week, AFP reported Friday (March 13th).
The latest deaths occurred between March 6th and 12th, mostly in Riyadh, bringing to 17 the number of MERS deaths so far this month, the ministry said.
MERS killed 30 people last month in the kingdom, which has been worst-hit by the virus.
Its symptoms can include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
Last week the health ministry started the latest phase of a public education campaign aimed at preventing the virus from spreading.
The World Health Organisation has cited the preliminary results of studies indicating that people working with camels are at increased risk of infection.
More than 20 countries have been affected by the virus, with the most cases in Saudi Arabia.
A total of 950 people have been infected with MERS since it was first identified in the kingdom in 2012, and 412 of them have died.
MERS is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds, mostly in China.