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M'sia quarantines villagers over MERS virus

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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday. 

Filipino medical officers observe passengers from United Arab Emirates pass through a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Thursday. Malaysia also quarantined villagers after a man died in hospital in Johor state. (EPA photo)

At least 71 people have died from the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, out of more than 200 infections in the worst-hit country, Saudi Arabia.

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