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Published On: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports four more cases of MERS coronavirus, three in health workers who cared for infected patients

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health reported four additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) on Saturday, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update.

 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Image/CDC

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Image/CDC

The cases include a 43 year-old female in the Eastern Region who has recovered. The other three cases are female health care workers aged 29, 39 and 45 from Taif governorate who cared for two previously confirmed MERS-CoV cases and were detected as part of the outbreak investigation and contact tracing. Two of these three cases were asymptomatic and all three tested weakly positive by PCR.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 68 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 38 deaths.

In Saudi Arabia, there has been 53 cases confirmed and 32 fatalities.

On the same day, the health officials at a WHO meeting in Cairo agreed that nations should investigate such cases with “urgency” and report any probable infections within 24 hours of classification.

According to a Bloomberg report, Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director-general, said in a statement, “At the moment we have an important window where cases have still been relatively few and human transmission is relatively limited. We need to exploit this chance to agree and implement the best public health measures possible across the board.”

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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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  3. IF THREE Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health professionals ARE CONTAMINATED, THAT IS A DAMNING INDICTMENT OF HOW MEDICAL PROCEDURE IS PRACTICED IN THE NATION. [If MERS-CoV is airborne where are the masks, gloves, protective suits, etc.]? IF Saudi Arabia DOES NOT WANT OUTSIDE HEALTH-CARE-INTERFERENCE FROM AN ENTITY LIKE, United Nations, MAYBE, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN CAIRO, EGYPT – ISLAM’S MOST POPULOUS AND MODERN CITY – COULD HELP.

    MIDDLE-EASTERN NATIONS SHUN HELP FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – AND, THESE NATIONS DESERVE TO BE SOVEREIGN; BUT, STORIES LIKE THIS REMIND THE WEST OF THESE NATIONS’ “PRACTICAL” THIRD-WORLD STATUS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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