The MERS virus claimed three more lives in Saudi Arabia, bringing that country’s total to 47 dead from MERS, which is being described as a SARS-like virus. A 74-year-old Medina man and a 56-year-old foreigner, who worked in the health sector, died in Medina. Another 53-year-old died in Riyadh, according to Yahoo News on Sept. 7.
The last three MERS virus victims who died were older, but the virus is found in all age groups. Right now there’s a three-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man fighting the virus as part of this country's MERS victims today.
Saudi Arabia has taken the brunt of the MERS virus, as 47 out of 52 deaths worldwide this year have been in that country. MERS is short for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has a mortality rate of more than 51 percent, which is “extremely high” according to Yahoo News.
There’s no vaccine for the MERS virus and with Saudi Arabia having 96 cases of the virus out of the global 110 cases today, a vaccine would be a welcome addition to any preventative measures available in that country.