UN team investigates Saudi surge in cases of deadly MERS virus

February 20, 2015 9:54 PM

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LONDON (Reuters) - An international team of United Nations human and animal health experts has flown to Saudi Arabia to investigate a recent surge in cases of a deadly virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.

Speaking from Riyadh on Friday, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization-led team said it was worried by a steep rise in cases of MERS, which has infected some 50 people in the Kingdom in February alone -- one of the highest monthly rates since it first emerged in humans in 2102.

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