14 May 2013 - The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional four laboratory-confirmed cases with infection of the novel coronavirus (NCoV).
The first patient was a 69-year-old woman with multiple
coexisting medical conditions who became ill on 25 April 2013 and has
died. The second patient is a 48-year-old man with multiple coexisting
medical conditions who became ill on 24 April 2013, and is in critical
condition. The third patient is an 81-year-old man with multiple
coexisting medical conditions, who became ill on 26 April 2013, and is
in critical condition. The fourth patient is a 56-year-old man with
multiple coexisting medical conditions, who became ill on 7 May 2013. He
has recovered and has been discharged from hospital.
Since the beginning of May to date, a total of 19 patients,
including nine deaths have been reported from the outbreak primarily
linked to a health care facility in the Eastern part of Saudi Arabia.
The government is conducting ongoing investigation into the outbreak.
From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a global
total of 38 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV,
including 20 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO
encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe
acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual
Health care providers are advised to be vigilant among recent
travelers returning from areas affected by the virus who develop severe
SARI. Specimens from patients’ lower respiratory tracts should be
obtained for diagnosis where possible. Clinicians are reminded that nCoV
infection should be considered even with atypical signs and symptoms in
patients who are significantly immune compromised.
All Member States are reminded to promptly assess and notify
WHO of any new case of infection with nCoV, along with information about
potential exposures that may have resulted in infection and a
description of the clinical course.
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with
regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of
any travel or trade restrictions.
WHO continues to closely monitor the situation.