Two women quarantined at airport over MERS infection
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Cairo airport authorities have quarantined two women coming from Saudi Arabia over suspicion that they might be infected with MERS or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.

The airport quarantine’s doctor suspected the two passengers to have contracted the deadly virus.

Just back from Saudi Arabia, a man underwent medical examination on Friday in Cairo’s Abbassiya Fever Hospital, where he was found to have contracted the deadly respiratory virus

MERS, which appeared in the Saudi kingdom in 2012, is considered a deadlier — albeit less transmissible — cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003, killing nine percent of the 8,273 people it had infected.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced eight new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking the kingdom’s death toll from the disease since it was discovered in 2012 to 102. 

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