Friday, March 14, 2014

Five MERS Cases Reported in Riyadh; Possible Family Cluster

Five more MERS cases in Saudi Arabia (
Saudi Minister of Health has announced five cases of MERS in the Riyadh area today. The cases range in severity from asymptomatic to fatal.

Health officials report an 83 year old man who suffers from chronic health problems is in intensive care with the virus.

As announced earlier today, a 19 year old man who also suffered from underlying health problems has passed away.

Two females ages 22 and 18, reportedly sisters of the man who died, are hospitalized with mild symptoms and are in stable condition.

The fifth case is a 53 year old and possible contact of a previously confirmed case. He is asymptomatic (without symptoms).

The Saudi Ministry of Health website reports 156 cases of MERS in the Kingdom and 63 deaths.

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