breaking newsA Saudi woman suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is assumed to have been infectious when she flew from Doha to Vienna on Sept. 22, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The virus, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, has been reported in more than 800 patients, mainly in Saudi Arabia. “The Austrian health authorities assume that the patient was infectious prior to and during the international flights. Follow-up with passengers on the flight is ongoing and personal data of the crew on the flight has been communicated to Qatar,” a WHO statement said. “All of the contacts identified in Austria have been informed about the disease and are being followed up by Austrian health authorities,” it added. Two of the Saudi patient’s close contacts were hospitalized in Vienna with upper respiratory symptoms but Austria’s Health Ministry said on Thursday they had tested negative for MERS. More