Via allAfrica.com, a report from Radio Dabanga: Sudan: Port Sudan Hit by Unknown Virus, MERS Suspected.
Port Sudan — One person died and some 70 others have become ill in Port Sudan as a result of an unknown viral disease. A medical team was supposed to arrive to Port Sudan on Sunday for investigation. Sources speculate that the virus must be the deadly Corona virus.
The Director of Epidemiology of the Federal Ministry of Health, Hayat Salaheldin, told the press on Sunday, that such a virus does not exist in Port Sudan.
The Corona virus is a viral respiratory illness with a high fatality rate. Since it was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, it has been named Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
The initial source of the virus is still unknown. MERS-CoV has been found in camels in Qatar, Sudan, Tunis, and Spain. The virus can be transmitted to other people in close contact with a patient.
Cases of MERS-CoV have been reported in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Oman, and Yemen. Imported cases have also been reported by Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, the Philippines, Malaysia, and the USA.
Most of these infections were acquired in the Middle East, according to the proceedings of the Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on MERS-CoV in Muscat, Oman, 20-21 May 2014.