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    Posted: December 17 2014 at 7:23am
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases, 3 deaths

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new MERS-CoV cases today, bringing the country's total to 821 cases.

The first case-patient is a 29-year-old expatriate woman living in Taif. She is a healthcare worker and had contact with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) in a clinical setting. She had no other risk factors, such as animal exposure or contact with MERS patients in community settings. The woman does not have an underlying medical condition and is hospitalized in stable condition.

The second case-patient is a70-year-old expatriate man living in Jubail and currently hospitalized in critical condition. He had exposure to animals but no contact with MERS patients in clinical or community settings. He has an underlying medical condition and is not a healthcare worker

On Dec 14, the MOH also reported three deaths in previously reported MERS patients. The first death occurred in a 22-year-old expatriate man living in Taif; he was not a healthcare worker and had no preexisting disease. The second death involved a 61-year-old Saudi man from Najran who was not a healthcare worker and had an underlying medical condition. The third victim was a 60-year-old Saudi man from Taif; he was not a healthcare worker and had preexisting disease.

The MOH reported the recovery of two previously confirmed MERS patients last week. The first was a 69-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh whose recovery was reported Dec 9. He was not a healthcare worker and had an underlying medical condition. On Dec 12, the MOH reported the recovery of a 40-year-old male expatriate living in Taif. He was not a healthcare worker and had no preexisting disease.

Five Saudi MERS cases remain active, 461 people have recovered, and 355 people have died
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/12/news-scan-dec-16-2014
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