Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CIDRAP: Saudi Arabia cites 2 MERS cases; WHO confirms 8 earlier ones

August 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia today announced two more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, one of them fatal, as the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized eight other cases that were reported in the country over the past 10 days.
With the eight recent cases, the WHO raised its MERS-CoV count to 102 cases, including 49 deaths. The WHO did not mention two cases that have been reported in Qatar since Aug 20.
One of the new Saudi cases involves a 55-year-old man in Medina who has chronic renal failure and is receiving intensive care, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said. The fatal case was in a 38-year-old man in Hafar al-Batin who had been suffering from severe pneumonia and respiratory failure, the statement said.
The two cases raised the MOH's MERS count to 84, including 42 deaths.


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