Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Two Additional MERS Infections in Saudi Arabia

The World Health Organization confirmed two additional cases of the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia today.

The newest cases both are women. One is a 51 year old from Jawf Province who became ill on November 20. She suffers from chronic medical conditions and is in intensive care in Riyadh. She reported no contact with animals.

The second infection was confirmed in an asymptomatic, 28 year old. The ex-pat health care worker had contact with a 37 year old man who passed away from MERS and was reported on November 21.

Saudi Arabia has been the hardest hit by the disease, accounting for 132 of 165 confirmed cases and 55 of 71 fatalities.

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