The MERS Coronavirus took three more lives in Saudi Arabia recently, but there could be some hope in the near future. A report from The Star on Sept. 8, 2013, states that there is a combination of drugs, already in existence, that could help some patients who are infected with it.
It is said that infections from the MERS Coronavirus are piling up all over the place, and that is especially true in Saudi Arabia. Reports state two more people were killed in the Gulf, one in Saudi Arabia, and one in neighboring Qatar. The strain of the disease emerged in Saudi Arabia last year.
The findings of the new drug combo could end up being very important for the health of many since there is no vaccine in place to prevent the infection in the first place. Sadly, there are not drugs specifically designed to mitigate the damage done in severe cases of the MERS Coronavirus.
As of Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the global infections of the MERS Coronavirus are at 114 with 54 deaths.
Since that announcement on Saturday, Saudi authorities have announced the eight additional cases of the disease, with three of them being fatal. That will, in turn, up the global numbers to 122 cases of infected and 57 deaths.
Hopefully, this new drug combo will do what it can to slow down the outbreak.
“Everything fit together towards suggesting that treatment definitely helps lead to a better outcome than the absence of treatment,” said Darryl Falzarano, a Canadian scientist who is the lead author of the study, published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.