Man returning from Saudi Arabia is first
Dutch patient of MERS virus
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[May 14, 2014]
— A man returning to the
Netherlands from Saudi Arabia has been admitted to hospital with the
deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, a Dutch health
The man was admitted to a hospital in The Hague, a
spokesman for the National Institute for Public Health said on
Wednesday. He is the first Dutch person known to be affected.
The virus, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal
pneumonia, has been reported in more than 500 patients in Saudi
Arabia alone and has spread to neighboring countries and in a few
cases, to Europe, Asia and the United States.
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Alison Williams)
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