MERS Coronavirus: 2-Year-Old Contracts Deadly Virus

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three more people have contracted the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, including a 2-year-old child who is clinging to life at an intensive care unit in the coastal city of Jeddah, Saudi health officials said Monday.

News of the infected child came three weeks after a Saudi teenager developed symptoms of the virus, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Saudi Arabia has been hit hardest by the virus, with 49 cases and 32 deaths, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health. Four of the deaths occurred over the weekend, according to the Ministry’s website.

The latest cases raise the tally of infections to 64 people in eight countries.

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