Via Yahoo! News, an AFP report: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan. Excerpt:
Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had been in hospital with a pilgrim returning from Saudi Arabia, reports said Wednesday.
The two infected women are sisters and one is in a critical condition, transmissible diseases unit chief Mohammad Mehdi Gooya told the Fars news agency.
Both are receiving specialist treatment in the hospital in the southern province of Kerman where they are believed to have been infected.
There was no immediate word on whether the returning pilgrim who was the suspected carrier had tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has also picked up this story, and raises the question that immediately occurred to me: If the sisters contracted MERS from a returned pilgrim, and contracted it in a hospital, wouldn't that make at least three MERS cases?