Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from new virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Another person in Saudi Arabia has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 43 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.

The Saudi Health Ministry said the man who died Friday was also suffering from kidney failure and had spent several days in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the western province al-Madina.

The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.

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