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Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2013

Tunisia Health Ministry confirms two cases of novel coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) was notified by Tunisian health officials of two laboratory-confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV), or  “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV), according to a WHO update May 22.

According to the WHO, the cases include  a 34-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman that are siblings.

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The pair  had mild respiratory illness and did not require hospitalization. Retrospective investigation into the cases revealed that the probable case, their father, 66 year old, became ill three days after returning from a visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia on 3 May 2013. He was admitted to a hospital after developing acute respiratory disease. His condition deteriorated and he died on 10 May 2013.

In addition, the Tunisia Health Ministry reports a probable case; however, initial laboratory tests conducted have been negative for nCoV.

In Saudi Arabia, a patient earlier reported as part of the ongoing investigation into an outbreak that began in a health care facility since the beginning of April 2013, has died.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 43 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with nCoV, including 21 deaths.

While most cases have been reported from the Middle East and Europe, these are the first cases reported from North Africa.

However, travel to the Middle East is a common link for most cases.

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