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Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013

Tunisia and Qatar report MERS deaths, more cases from Saudi Arabia

The Ministries of Health in Tunisia and Qatar have notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two additional  laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) this week.

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

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

According to the WHO, the Tunisian patient was a 66-year-old man who became ill on 1 May 2013 and died on 10 May 2013.

Laboratory-confirmation on the case was recently conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Qatari patient was a 56-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions who became ill on 18 August 2013 and died on 31 August 2013.  Laboratory-confirmation was recently conducted by Public Health England, UK.

In addition to these cases reported to the WHO, the AFP is reporting of the deaths of two Saudi Arabian women.

The victims were identified as a 41-year-old expat who was working in the health sector in Riyadh and a 79-year-old Saudi who suffered from chronic illnesses and who came into contact with a patient stricken by the virus in the northeastern city of Hafr al-Baten.

According to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health “Novel Coronavirus” page, the case count in the Kingdom stands at 88, with 44 resulting in death.

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