31 October 2013 - WHO has been informed of an additional four laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). These include the first laboratory-confirmed case from Oman and three additional laboratory-confirmed cases from Saudi Arabia.
The patient in Oman is a 68-year-old man from Al Dahkliya
region who became ill on 26 October 2013 and was hospitalized on 28
October 2013. Preliminary epidemiological investigations revealed that
he did not recently travel outside the country. However, investigations
are currently ongoing to determine what exposures might be responsible
for his infection
Of the three patients including one death reported from the
Eastern Region in Saudi Arabia, one is a woman and two are men. The
three patients, one of whom is a health care worker, had underlying
medical conditions. Their ages range from 49 to 83 years old. All three
patients reported having no contact with animals prior to their illness,
while one patient was reported to have been in contact with a
previously laboratory-confirmed case.