Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saudi Health Ministry Reports Two More MERS Cases

Saudi officials have reported two additional MERS cases, both occurring in men from the Riyadh area. This statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (translation) reports a 54 year old man with chronic medical conditions is in intensive care after coming down with the virus.

The second case involves a 73 year old man who also suffers from pre-existing medical conditions and is in intensive care in a Saudi hospital according to Arab News. Neither man has traveled outside the Riyadh recently.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization, these cases would bring the total WHO confirmed MERS cases to 140 with 60 deaths. Most infections have originated in Saudi Arabia and many victims have come from the Riyadh area.

The annual Hajj pilgrimage just concluded and millions of travelers have returned home. So far, there have been no cases of MERS among Hajj visitors but health officials world wide will be monitoring closely to see if the virus will break outside of the Middle East.

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