|MERS Corona Virus|
Two of the latest cases occurred in Medina in the western part of the country. They involve a 37 year old who is currently in intensive care and a 75 year old woman with chronic medical conditions who passed away. The third infection resulted in the death of an 83 year old man from Riyadh who also had pre-existing illnesses.
With millions of Hajj pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia over the next month, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released revised guidelines which includes updated information on testing for MERS in the laboratory and collection and shipment of specimens from suspected victims.
According to the WHO guidelines,
"Access to timely and accurate laboratory testing of samples from cases under investigation is an essential part of the surveillance of this emerging infection. All countries should have access to reliable testing either nationally, or internationally, in laboratories willing to perform primary detection or confirmatory testing. WHO can assist Member States to access testing internationally should the need arise"