Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Global MERS outbreak reaches 70 cases as Saudi Arabia reports two more cases

The global count in the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak has reached 70 laboratory confirmed cases after the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two additional cases Sunday.

Image/W123 at Wikimedia Commons

Image/W123 at Wikimedia Commons

One case is a 41 year-old female from Riyadh who had contact with a confirmed case. The other case is a 32 year-old male from the Eastern Region with underlying medical conditions who is in critical condition.

In addition, the MoH has announced the death of a previously reported confirmed case from the Eastern Region who had been admitted to hospital on 26 April 2013.

The total death count linked to MERS-CoV now stands at 39.

Saudi Arabia has accounted for 55 (78%) of the confirmed cases and 33 (85%) of the total fatalities.

Current as of June 24, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 3 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Qatar 2 (0)
Saudi Arabia 55 (33)
Tunisia 2 (0)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1 (1)
Total 70 (39)
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