Saudi on high alert to fight spread of MERS corona virus


RIYADH,   (Xinhua) — Saudi Health Ministry has vaccinated more than 2 million individuals with high risk of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus with seasonal flu vaccine, Okaz local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

It also announced succeeding in dealing with 90 percent of MERS corona virus contamination-spreading spots in health facilities.

It increased the number of hospitals in the global infectious disease surveillance program to 28 institutions.

Although Saudi Arabia has been taking serious steps to ensure nationwide protection from the virus, the ministry announced on Monday a death and two new MERS corona virus cases.

The country has reported hundreds of deaths and infections since the first diagnosed case in 2012. It recorded the highest number of cases in the world.