More cases of MERs virus in Saudi Arabia

Eighteen more people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the kingdom's health ministry said.

So far 115 of the 414 people who contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia have died, many of them foreign health workers.

Last week the United States said it had its first confirmed case of the disease in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia.

The man, a healthcare worker, traveled on a British Airways flight on April 24 from Riyadh to London, where he changed flights at Heathrow airport to fly to the US.