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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports 81st global case of MERS coronavirus in Asir man

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has reported one additional case of  Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a ministry news release.

This thin section, negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was formerly known as novel coronavirus. Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

The new confirmed case has been recorded in a 66-year-old Saudi male in Asir who’s health status is currently stable.

This brings the global total of confirmed cases to 81, with 45 deaths.

In a World Health Organization MERS-CoV summary Tuesday they report 56 percent of those infected have died. Forty-nine of 75 cases (65%) for which the sex is known were male and the median age of the cases with known age is 51 years (range, 14 months to 94 years).

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Affected countries in the Middle East include Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE); in Europe countries affected include France, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) and Italy; and in North Africa, Tunisia. No new countries have reported MERS-CoV cases since the last update.

All the European and North African cases have had a direct or indirect connection to the Middle East. However, in France, Italy, Tunisia and UK, there has been limited local transmission among close contacts that had not been to the Middle East.

MERS Cases and Deaths,
April 2012 – Present

Current as of July 10, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 3 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Qatar 2 (0)
Saudi Arabia 66 (38)
Tunisia 2 (1)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1 (1)
Total 81 (45)

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today.

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  1. […] Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 81 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 45 deaths. […]

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