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Published On: Wed, Jul 3rd, 2013

Saudi Arabia confirms two additional MERS deaths

The country that accounts for eight out of 10 global cases of  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has reported two additional deaths, according to a Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) news release July 2.

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Image/W123 at Wikimedia Commons

The MOH announced the deaths of a 75-year-old Saudi male in Al-Ahsa governorate and a 63-year-old Saudi female in Riyadh. Both fatalities had been previously announced to be infected with this virus.

In addition,the Ministry has announced that three cases, who had been previously announced to be infected with this virus, have been recovered.

The Saudi Kingdom is by far the most affected country by the new virus with 62 cases reported. To date, of those infected, 36 have perished (including the two announced yesterday).

Since the middle of 2012, MERS is known to have infected 77 people, killing 42 of them.

Approximately two and a half weeks ago, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice and recommendations for travelers to Saudi Arabia to protect from MERS-CoV for the upcoming pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah.

 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to SARS. Viruses of this family also cause a number of animal diseases.

This particular strain of coronavirus, MERS-CoV, has not been previously identified in humans. There is very limited information on transmission, severity and clinical impact with only a small number of cases reported thus far.

 
 
 
 
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