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Published On: Tue, Nov 26th, 2013

MERS Coronavirus global total reaches 160 with three new cases confirmed in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Health Ministry has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of three additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a WHO update today.

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The three cases are as follows:

The first patient is a 73-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions from Riyadh who became ill on 12 November 2013, was hospitalized on 14 November 2013 and died on 18 November 2013.

The second patient is a 65 year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Jawf region who became ill on 4 November 2013 and was hospitalized on 14 November 2013.

The third patient is a 37-year-old man from Riyadh who became ill on 9 November 2013, was hospitalized on 13 November 2013 and died on 18 November 2013.

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None of the three patients were exposed to a previously laboratory-confirmed case or had exposure to animals.

This brings the global total number of cases reported to the WHO to 160. Of the 160, 68 people died due to the illness.

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