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    Posted: January 07 2015 at 6:40am
Saudi Arabia reports new MERS case, WHO posts details on recent cases

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 1 new MERS-CoV case today, bringing the country's total to 829 cases, and the World Health Organization (WHO) posted additional details yesterday on recent MERS cases in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The new case-patient is a 61-year-old male expatriate living in Riyadh. He has an underlying medical condition and is currently hospitalized in intensive care. He is not a healthcare worker and had no other risk factors for MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), such as exposure to animals or contact with MERS cases in clinical or community settings.

Six MERS cases are still active in Saudi Arabia, 466 people have recovered, and 357 people have died, the MOH said in today's update.

In related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) posted additional details yesterday on recent MERS-CoV cases in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The patient originally reported in Jordan on Dec 25 is a 70-year-old man from Qurayyat, Saudi Arabia. He has an underlying medical condition and a history of consuming raw camel milk; he had no recent contact with MERS cases.

The man was hospitalized for MERS in Qurayyat on Dec 21, discharged himself against medical advice and traveled to Jordan, where he was hospitalized on Dec 22. He was transferred back to a hospital in Qurayyat on Dec 26, where he is in critical condition and on mechanical ventilation.

The WHO also provided additional details on three Saudi MERS cases, including one death, that involved illness onsets between Dec 19 and 30. The patient who died was an 84-year-old man from Najran with an underlying medical condition. He lived in an area where camels are present and owned goats and sheep but did not come into direct contact with them.

Another patient is a 31-year-old woman from Riyadh with preexisting disease and no history of animal exposure or contact with MERS cases. She is currently hospitalized in critical condition.

The third patient is a 53-year-old man from Al-Kharj with an underlying medical condition. He lives in an area where camels are present and had direct contact with goats and sheep. He is in stable condition in an isolation ward, the agency said.

The WHO said it has been notified of 945 lab-confirmed MERS cases globally and 348 deaths
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/01/news-scan-jan-06-2015
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