Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Map of Hafr Al-Batin, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

Location of the latest 21 year old Coronavirus MERS case in Saudi Arabia.  It is not near Medina.

Excerpt from previous report I posted tonight from CIDRAP:

In a brief statement today, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said a 21-year-old "resident" of the country died of a MERS-CoV infection and that two Saudi citizens are sick. The 21-year-old was living in Hafr Al-Batin, a city in the Eastern province but about 300 miles north of Al-Ahsa, site of a recent hospital-centered outbreak.
The young man died after being admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) at the beginning of this week, the MOH said. The ministry did not list his home country or give any other details about him. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have expressed concern that guest workers from developing countries such as the Philippines could contract the virus in Saudi Arabia and carry it back home.
The MOH said one of the other new cases involves a 63-year-old Saudi woman who lives in the Eastern region, has chronic diseases, and is in stable condition. The third case, the statement said, is in a 75-year-old Saudi who lives in Al-Ahsa governorate and is being treated in an ICU. The patient, whose gender was not listed, also has chronic health problems.
The three illnesses raise Saudi Arabia's MERS-CoV count to 43 cases and 27 deaths. Unofficially, they raise the global total to 58 cases and 33 deaths.

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