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Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2013

WHO reports 15th confirmed case of novel coronavirus, eighth case from Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of another confirmed case of novel coronavirus (NCoV), making it the 15th confirmed case to date, according to a WHO Global Alert and Response Today.

An example of a coronavirus-this one infects poultry Credits:   CDC

An example of a coronavirus-this one infects poultry
Credits: CDC

The patient, a 39-year-old male, developed symptoms on 24 February 2013. He was hospitalized on 28 February 2013 and died on 2 March 2013. He is the ninth fatality reported due to this infection.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the patient had no contact with previously reported cases of NCoV infection. Other potential exposures are under investigation.

Saudi Arabia has been hit hardest by this new human viral disease. Of the 15 cases, eight of the cases were reported in Saudi Arabia, resulting in six deaths.

WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.

WHO continues to closely monitor the situation.

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