Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2013

MERS global case count increases to 108 with four new cases from Saudi Arabia

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced being informed of four additional confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from Saudi Arabia on Friday.

According to the WHO Global Alert and Response, the case details are as follows:



The first patient is a 55-year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Medina who became ill on 17 August 2013 and is currently hospitalized.

The second patient is a 38-year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Hafar al-Batin who became ill on 8 August 2013 and died on 17 August 2013.

The third and the fourth cases are family contacts of the second patient. Both the cases, a 16-year-old boy and a seven year-old girl, tested positive for the MERS-CoV virus. They are both healthy and do not have any symptoms of illness.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 108 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 50 deaths.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died.

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MERS Cases and Deaths,
April 2012 – Present

Current as of August 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 3 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Qatar 4 (1)
Saudi Arabia 86 (42)
Tunisia 2 (0)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 6 (2)
Total 108 (50)
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