WHO confirms 4 more cases of Middle East virus

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By Reuters

Three more people have become infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus while one has died, the World (WHO) said on Thursday.
The Geneva-based agency also confirmed the first MERS case Oman.
a disease update, the agency said the four new bring the number people struck worldwide by the MERS virus to 149, which 63 have died.
authorities and scientists are still trying to figure out what kind animal “reservoir’’ may be fuelling the MERS .
The virus, which is from the same family as the one which caused a deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002, is thought to have originated in bats.
One published in August found strong evidence that is widespread among dromedary camels in the Middle East.
MERS, which was unknown in humans until earlier this year, has also since then been reported in people in Tunisia, France, Germany, Italy and Britain.
The health agency said the patient in Oman is a 68-year-old from Al Dahkliya region who became ill on Oct. 26.
“Investigations are currently ongoing to determine what exposures might be responsible for his infection,’’ said.
The three patients in , one woman and men, all had underlying medical conditions but all reported having had no contact with animals before falling ill.
One of the Saudi patients, however, was reported to have been in contact with another person infected with MERS.
The agency says MERS patients to date have most commonly had respiratory disease as their primary illness.
Diarrhoea is commonly reported among the patients and severe include kidney failure and acute breathing difficulties.