Special Report - Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus - World

May 22, 2014 3:53 AM

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LONDON (Reuters) - In a north London laboratory on a Saturday in September 2012, an email arrived from a team of virologists in the Netherlands that spooked even some of the world's most seasoned virus handlers.

It contained details of a mysterious viral pathogen that had been found in two patients - a Qatari in intensive care in Britain, and a Saudi who died in a Jeddah hospital of pneumonia and renal failure.

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