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Abu Dhabi, Qatar see further MERS virus deaths

Death toll from MERS hits 70 globally with most of those reported in Saudi Arabia

Abu Dhabi, Qatar see further MERS virus deaths
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Health authorities in Abu Dhabi have said that a woman has died from a SARS-like virus that has been centered in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The health authority in Abu Dhabi reported the death of the Jordanian woman from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, on Tuesday.

Her husband and son have also contracted the virus and they are currently in stable condition.

The World Health Organization said in a separate statement that two other patients confirmed to be suffering from MERS in nearby Qatar have also died, on November 19 and 29.

WHO's Monday statement said there have been 70 deaths from MERS, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The virus is related to the SARS virus, which killed about 800 people in 2003.

"They had no travel history, no contact with a known confirmed case and no history of contact with animals... The 8 year old son, who has mild respiratory symptoms, was detected from epidemiological investigation of family contacts, and is being kept in hospital isolation," WHO said in the statement.

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