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Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

Saudi Arabia confirms three more MERS coronavirus cases, brings global total to 94

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

This thin section, negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was formerly known as novel coronavirus. Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

This thin section, negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was formerly known as novel coronavirus. Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

The cases include a 67-year-old woman from Riyadh with underlying medical conditions.  She became ill on 25 July 2013. She has no known exposure to animals or to a case confirmed with MERS-CoV infection. She is currently hospitalized.

The other two patients are female health workers from Assir and Riyadh regions .  Both of them have mild symptoms and were exposed to patients who were laboratory-confirmed cases.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 94 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 46 deaths.

MERS-CoV was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoV used to be called “novel coronavirus,” or “nCoV”. It is different from other coronaviruses that have been found in people before.

Most people who got infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of them died. Some people were reported as having a mild respiratory illness.

MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people who are in close contact. Transmission from infected patients to healthcare personnel has also been observed. Clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UK, France, Tunisia, and Italy are being investigated.

MERS Cases and Deaths,
April 2012 – Present

Current as of August 01 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Countries Cases (Deaths)
France 2 (1)
Italy 3 (0)
Jordan 2 (2)
Qatar 2 (1)
Saudi Arabia 74 (39)
Tunisia 2 (0)
United Kingdom (UK) 3 (2)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 6 (1)
Total 94 (46)

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