Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MERS Death and Infection Counts Rise in Saudi Arabia

MERS Corona virus, image from the CDC
The Center for Infectious Disease and Prevention (CIDRAP) is reporting two new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia and the death of a previously reported victim.

The newest cases involve a 54 year old health care worker and a 49 year old, both are reported to have chronic medical conditions and are in stable condition in ICU.

According to this translated statement from Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH), the latest fatality is an 83 year old woman with pre-existing health problems who was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week.

The two latest cases have not yet been confirmed by the WHO but Saudi Health Officials put their current total of infections in that country at 124 cases with 52 deaths.

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