The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO
of an additional three laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the
novel coronavirus (nCoV).
The three patients are from the same location as reported in the
Disease Outbreak News published on 2 May 2013. They are currently in
The government is conducting ongoing investigation into this outbreak.
According to preliminary information, at least two confirmed cases are from the same family.
From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a global total
of 27 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV,
including 16 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO
encourages all Member States (MS) to continue their surveillance for
severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any
unusual patterns. WHO is currently working with international experts
and countries where cases have been reported to assess the situation and
review recommendations for surveillance and monitoring.
All MS 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
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.