Greek man who contracted MERS remains in critical condition

The 69-year-old Greek man who contracted the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) while working in Saudi Arabia remains in a critical condition in an Athens hospital almost three weeks after being admitted for treatment.

Doctors at the Sotiria Hospital revealed on Thursday that the man has shown some small signs of improvement but remains in need of intensive care in a negative pressure room.

MERS, a respiratory illness similar to SARS, has claimed dozens of lives since 2012, mostly in Saudi Arabia.