Friday, August 23, 2013

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Report New MERS Cases

August 23, 2013

Third MERS Case Reported in Qatar:
This announcement by The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and Qatar's Supreme Council of Health states a third victim of the MERS Coronavirus is undergoing treatment and is in stable condition.

The 59 year old man had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, which borders Qatar. In the two previous cases of MERS in Qatar, one man recovered and one later died in Britain.

The case was confirmed by the National Influenza Laboratory and all safety procedures for containment are being followed.  According to this report,
"Surveillance and monitoring procedures are being strictly followed and prompt measures taken for the infection control of all cases of acute respiratory infections, especially those coming back from abroad."
Saudi Reports Two New MERS Cases
The Saudi Ministry of Health, in a brief statement, reported two new cases of MERS and one previous victim which has passed away.

The new victims, located in Riyadh, are 50 and 70 years old, both with chronic pre-existing medical conditions.

CIDRAP reports these new infections bring the confirmed total MERS cases to 99, with 79 of those occurring in Saudi Arabia. So far, 48 people have died, 40 of those from Saudi Arabia.

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