Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five New MERS Cases; Four in Saudi, One in UAE

MERS Corona Virus Info-graphic
from the Saudi Ministry of Health 
Five new cases of MERS have been reported, four in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and one in Dubai, UAE.

According to the Saudi Minister of Health (MOH), the first two cases are both female and work in the health care field. They are asymptomatic (without symptoms) and are contacts with a previously confirmed MERS patient.

A 53 year old male is also reportedly infected with the MERS virus. He is suffering from pre-existing diseases and is in intensive care. The fourth Saudi victim has passed away. He was a 73 year old man who also had chronic medical problems.

The Saudi Ministry of Health currently reports 136 cases of MERS in the Kingdom and 56 deaths.

The Dubai Health Authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced another case of MERS in that country. Health officials report a 68 year old man had been admitted to the hospital intensive care unit with the virus. He suffers from diabetes and chronic kidney failure.

Earlier this month, a family in the UAE was found to be ill with MERS. That cluster included a Jordanian man, his pregnant wife and their eight year old son. The woman passed away shortly after giving birth by emergency cesarean section.

Prior to today's announcements, the World Health Organization had recognized 165 laboratory confirmed MERS infections worldwide with 71 deaths.

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