11 November 2013 - WHO has been informed of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.
The first patient is a 72-year-old man from Riyadh with
underlying medical conditions. He became ill on 23 October 2013, and
has been hospitalised since 31 October 2013. The second patient is a
43-year-old man from Jeddah. He became ill on 27 October 2013 and has
been hospitalised since 3 November 2013.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed
of a total of 153 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV,
including 64 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO
encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe
acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual