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Oman reports first Mers virus death

Officials in Oman are widening health checks following the country's first death blamed on a Sars-like virus that has centred on neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Oman's Health Ministry said today that teams would carry out investigations, including checking for signs of the virus in people who came in contact with the dead man. The 68-year-old's death was reported by the official Oman News Agency yesterday.

There have been more than 60 deaths from the virus, known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, with all but a handful of them in Saudi Arabia.

The virus is related to the Sars virus that killed about 800 people in 2003.

AP

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