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Three new cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia

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    Posted: October 25 2016 at 8:50am
Three new cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia

Today the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) said there were three new cases of MERS-CoV in the country, including two cases acquired in the healthcare settings.

A 72-year-old Saudi woman from Najran is in stable condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The case is listed as "primary," meaning the patient did not contract the disease from someone else infected with the respiratory virus.

A 61-year-old man from Hofuf is also in stable condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS. This is the third case in that city within the last week, one of which was a healthcare worker, pointing to a possible healthcare cluster of infections. The latest case was listed as having acquired the virus as a patient in a healthcare facility.

Finally a 40-year-old Saudi man from Urayarah was diagnosed as having MERS. He is also in stable condition and presented with symptoms. The man was a healthcare professional and acquired the virus at work.

The new cases brings Saudi Arabia's total to 1,465 cases, including 612 fatalities. Eight patients are still undergoing treatment.


http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/10/news-scan-oct-21-2016
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MERS-CoV infects 3 more in Saudi Arabia, 1 fatally

Saudi Arabia reported three more MERS-CoV cases yesterday and today, one of them a fatal case that is linked to what appears to be a hospital-related outbreak in Hofuf.

Yesterday the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infected two male foreigners, including a 58-year-old from Arar in the far northern part of the country who had primary exposure, meaning he wasn't infected by another patient. He is hospitalized in critical condition.

The other man is a 55-year-old from Hofuf who died from his illness after contracting the virus from another patient in a healthcare setting. The MOH said the man had an underlying illness.

In a statement today the MOH announced an infection in a 46-year-old foreign man from Hofuf who had contact with camels before he became ill. He is listed in stable condition.

Since Oct 15 Saudi Arabia has reported five MERS-CoV cases in Hofuf. The first involved a man who had been exposed to camels and later died. The others were in a healthcare worker with an asymptomatic infection and a 61-year-old man who was infected while he was a patient in a hospital setting.

On Oct 22 the MOH also announced a death in a previously reported case involving a 53-year-old Saudi man from Abha who had a preexisting illness.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/10/news-scan-oct-24-2016
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