Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three More MERS Cases in Saudi Arabia, UAE

MERS infographic
from Saudi MoH
The World Health Organization has been informed of three new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, two in Saudi Arabia and another in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Saudi patients include two men from the Riyadh area. The first is a 51 year old man who suffers from chronic medical conditions and has had exposure to animals. He became ill on February 28 and was hospitalized on March 2.

The second Saudi patient is a 56 year old man who also suffers from underlying medical problems. He began to show symptoms on February 17 and was admitted to the hospital on February 25 where he passed away on March 3.

The case in the UAE involves a 68 year old man with chronic medical conditions from Abu Dhabi.  He reported no recent travel or contact with other MERS patients however, he owns a farm where he had frequent contact with animals, including camels.

He became ill on March 1 and was hospitalized on March 3. He is currently in stable condition.

WHO now reports 189 confirmed cases of MERS worldwide and 82 deaths.

 The UAE has reported 14 infections with the virus, with 5 deaths. 

The Saudi Minister of Health website reports 151 cases in the Kingdom, including 62 fatalities. It is unclear if the two additional cases reported today are included in that number.


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