Camel riders from Jordan's Badia forces patrol the desert for smugglers and infiltrators, near the Syrian border
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A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the MERS virus, the kingdom's first fatality from the respiratory disease in more than a year, news reports said Saturday.Another man was reported to have died of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.Saudi Arabia is by far the worst affected country from MERS -- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome -- accounting for 59 deaths out of 180 confirmed cases.It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.Of the swine flu case, the Jordanian health ministry official said 25 cases had been treated successfully in the country this winter.H1N1 has claimed the lives of 29 Jordanians down the years.
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