A second case of the potentially deadly MERS virus has been identified in the Netherlands, a spokeswoman for the country’s National Public Health Institute told CNN. It comes one day after authorities confirmed the first case. The cases in the Netherlands involve two family members who had traveled together to Saudi Arabia. It is one man and one woman who contracted the disease, said Harald Wychgel, spokesman for the Netherlands ministry of health. The health ministry, citing privacy reasons, did not provide additional details except to say that the pair shared a room for two weeks in Saudi Arabia. Officials do not know if one person infected the other or if both became infected at the same location. One of the two, however, had visited a camel farm. It is estimated that nearly 75% of dromedary — or single-hump camels — in Saudi Arabia have come into contact with the MERS virus, researchers said in February. “It is also known that both patients have underlying conditions that make them probably more susceptible to infection with this virus,” the health ministry said in a statement. The announcement comes as the World Health Organization said the spread of the virus has become more urgent, but at least for now, is not calling it a global health emergency. More
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