Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saudi Man Dies of MERS; Two Test Negative in Hong Kong

KSA reports 145 MERS cases and 60 deaths
The Saudi Minister of Health has reported the death of a 22 year old man from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The young man, who was from the 'eastern region' of the country reportedly suffered from cancer.

No other information was released regarding contact with suspected cases or exposure to animals. The Health Ministry website currently reports 145 cases in the Kingdom, including 60 fatalities.

A World Health Organization report issued on February 7 recognized 182 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS worldwide with 79 deaths since September, 2012.

Two Test Negative for MERS in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Minister of Health reports two suspected cases of MERS have tested negative in preliminary tests for the virus.

The first involved a 20 year old man who had traveled with his wife to Guangzhou (formally Canton) in China and then Dubai, UAE on February 3. He became ill with cough and fever on February 7 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on February 12. He did not have contact with poultry or other confirmed MERS patients during his visit. It is unknown if he had contact with other types of animals.

The man is isolated and in stable condition. His mother and brother, who were also sick with a respiratory illness, have recovered.

The second case involves a 73 year old man who has been in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital since February 11 and had become ill while traveling in Iran.

Hong Kong Department of Health Officials reassured the public that  "No human infection with this virus has been identified so far in Hong Kong,"

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