9 May 2013 - The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional two laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
The first patient is a 48-year-old man with multiple
coexisting medical conditions who became ill on 29 April 2013. He is in
stable condition. The second patient is a 58-year-old man with existing
medical condition who became ill on 6 April 2013. He fully recovered and
was discharged from the hospital on 3 May 2013.
The two patients are from the same cluster reported since the
beginning of May 2013, which is linked to an outbreak in a health care
facility. The government is conducting ongoing investigation into this
outbreak. Since the beginning of May 2013, a total of 15 patients have
been reported from this outbreak, of which seven have died. Of the 15
patients, 12 are men and three women. The age range of the patients are
from 24 to 94 years old.
From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a global
total of 33 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV,
including 18 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. 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.
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 currently recommend the application of
any travel or trade restrictions.
WHO continues to closely monitor the situation.