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WHO Says Deadly MERS Virus Very Serious, But Not Emergency

Concern about the deadly new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus has “significantly increased” but the disease is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.   The virus, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, has been reported in more than 500 patients, mainly in Saudi Arabia, and has spread to neighboring countries, as well as in a few cases to Europe, Asia and the United States. It kills about 30 percent of...

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