Via Arab News: KSA declares war on MERS. Actually, no one is quoted as saying any such thing. Excerpt:
Health authorities have launched all-out efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in the country after the deadly virus hit paramedics at two major hospitals in the city.
A paramedic at King Abdul Aziz Hospital was among two latest victims of the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66.
A senior health official said seven more new suspected cases have been reported in Jeddah.
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah met with the director-general of health and urged “precautionary measures to combat the disease” at hospitals and other health facilities in the region.
“We have to adopt health measures to ensure the safety of citizens and residents from the virus and educate the public on how to protect themselves from MERS,” the governor told health officials in the region.
The Health Ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah on Monday, two of whom are health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city’s King Fahd Hospital.
Oddly enough, the Saudi Gazette ran a very similar headline back on September 25, 2013. But it's not a distinctly Saudi tendency: On July 27, 2013, I posted an excerpt from a Los Angeles Times report that was picked up by the Gulf Times using War on Mers as its headline. It's like any public-health measure in India, which is always carried out "on a war footing."