|Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus|
The latest victims are four men and one woman and range in age from 35 to 83 years old. Two are from the Medinah area and three are from Riyadh. Four had underlying medical problems and two reported no previous contact with other MERS patients or animals.
This brings the total of WHO laboratory confirmed MERS infections to 144 with 62 deaths, most in the country of Saudi Arabia. Health officials worldwide are advised to remain vigilant and watch for signs of respiratory distress in travelers who have recently returned from the Middle East. Suspected cases should be tested promptly and Infection Control Procedures (ICP) implemented.