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    Posted: December 14 2016 at 7:47am
Saudi Arabia reports new MERS case

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) announced one new case of MERS-CoV today. The patient had direct contact with camels.

The 72-year-old Saudi man from Taif is in critical condition because of his Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Contact with camels is a known risk factor for contracting the disease. Scientists do not yet understand how camels transmit the respiratory virus to humans, but drinking raw camel milk, raising camels, and eating their meat have all been linked to MERS cases.

The development raises Saudi Arabia's total number of MERS-CoV cases to 1,508 cases, 625 of them fatal. Fourteen people are currently recovering from infections
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