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Published On: Sun, Jul 21st, 2013

WHO reports 89th and 90th MERS coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia

The World Health Organization has been informed of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia.

Image/W123 at Wikimedia Commons

Image/W123 at Wikimedia Commons

The two cases are currently hospitalized in intensive care in critical condition.

The first case is a 41-year-old Saudi male in Riyadh who presented to the hospital with symptoms on 15 July. The second patient is a 59-year-old Saudi female in the Al-Ahsa governorate. She presented with symptoms on 11 July.

Both patients have underlying medical conditions, but neither patient has had contact with known MERS-CoV confirmed cases or animals.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 90 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 45 deaths.

In Saudi Arabia, the total case count now stands at 70, with 38 fatalities.

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In a study published last week in PLoS Current Outbreaks, Canadian researchers suggest the upcoming pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, the Hajj and Umrah, which will attract millions of people from all over the world to the holy Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, could help MERS-CoV spread faster on an international level.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

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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 and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. seedick moideen says:

    Allah swt will protect worldwide nations by not allowing the spread of MERS-CoV via the pilgrimage {Umrah/Hajj}.Hujjaj are always under the Rahmat and protection of Allah the Almighty.

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    […] In a study published last week in PLoS Current Outbreaks, Canadian researchers suggest the upcoming pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, the Hajj and Umrah, which will attract millions of people from all over the world to the holy Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, could help MERS-CoV spread faster on an international level.[Read More] […]

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