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Published Date: 2013-05-22 17:25:49
Archive Number: 20130522.1731245
Date: Wed 22 May 2013
Source: Saudi Arabia - Ministry of Health [edited]
Ministry of Health has announced a new death from novel coronavirus, a
non-Saudi patient in the Al-Qaseem region. He was admitted to the
hospital a few days ago because of acute pneumonia and died yesterday
[Tue 21 May 2013].
The Ministry explained that most of the recorded cases until now, were in old patients and patients with chronic diseases.
The ministry confirmed that the Al-Ahsa governorate didn't record any new cases during the last 5 days.
[Al Qaseem region is in the central part of Saudi Arabia. It can be found on the maps at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qassim_Province and http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/saudi_arabia_pol_2003.pdf. It is not adjacent to the Eastern province where there has been an ongoing outbreak associated with nosocomial transmission.
case raises the worldwide total of laboratory confirmed cases of
MERS-CoV to 44 with 22 deaths (case fatality rate of 50 percent).
report above is the 1st report of a foreign national hospitalized in
Saudi Arabia for severe illness associated with MERS-CoV infection. The
report does not give the national origin of the individual or whether
the individual was a resident external worker or was just in Saudi
Arabia as a short term visitor. Concern has been raised about possible
"exportations" of the virus to countries not equipped to easily deal
with identifying as well as treating/managing cases of MERS-CoV.
Information on the age of the case as well as possible exposures
(contact with animals, contact with other cases, travel to Eastern
Province) would be greatly appreciated. - Mod.MPP
A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/r/6ZWk.]