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Monday
Jul082013

Toddler Dies from MERS Coronavirus

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 2-year-old child has died from the MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health.

The child, whose name and sex have not been released, had been suffering from chronic pulmonary disease, according to the Ministry.

A 53-year-old patient in the country’s eastern region also died from the virus, raising the death toll for the country to 38.

The number of infections in Saudi Arabia rose to 65, with three new confirmed cases, the Health Ministry said. The new cases include a female health care worker.

Infections have also emerged in France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the World Health Organization. All cases are linked to the Middle East.

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