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Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports three more MERS coronavirus cases, brings Saudi total to 46, global total to 61

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has reported three more laboratory-confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, in addition to the three reported June 14, bringing the global total to 61, according to a World Health Organization update June 15.

The new cases are as follows:

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

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

The first patient is a 45-year-old man with underlying medical conditions from Taif governorate. He became ill since the end of May 2013 and is in critical condition. The second patient is a 68-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions from Taif governorate. She became ill on 6 June 2013 and is in critical condition. The third was a fatal patient of 46 years old from Wadi Al-Dawaser. He became ill on 29 May 2013, was admitted to a hospital on 8 June 2013 and has died.

With the additional reported fatality, this brings the global total deaths related to MERS-CoV to 34.

Saudi Arabia alone accounts for 75 percent of all reported cases (46) and 82 percent of the total fatalities (28).

WHO has received reports of laboratory-confirmed cases originating in the following countries in the Middle East to date: Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom also reported laboratory-confirmed cases; they were either transferred there for care of the disease or returned from the Middle East and subsequently became ill.

In France, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom, there has been limited local transmission among patients who had not been to the Middle East but had been in close contact with the laboratory-confirmed or probable cases.

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