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    Posted: October 18 2016 at 1:29pm
Two new MERS cases confirmed in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new cases of MERS-CoV in the last 3 days. The cases involve camel and health care workplace exposure, two known risk factors for the respiratory virus. These are the first cases reported by the MOH since Sep 29.

On Sep 15 a 73-year-old Saudi man from Hofuf was listed in stable condition after he presented with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The man had direct contact with camels. Today the MOH said a 33-year-old expatriate woman, also in Hofuf, was diagnosed as having MERS. She is in stable condition. The woman was asymptomatic and acquired the disease through her job as a healthcare worker.

The cases raise Saudi Arabia's overall MERS total to 1,460, of which 611 have proved fatal.



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MERS infects 2 more in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced two new MERS-CoV cases, plus the death of a recently reported patient.

One of the cases involves a 72-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh who had primary exposure to MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), meaning he didn't contract his infection from another sick person. The man is hospitalized in critical condition. The second patient is a 47-year-old man who isn't a Saudi citizen from Buraydah in central Saudi Arabia. An investigation revealed the man—listed in stable condition—got sick after direct contact with camels.

The death occurred in a 73-year-old Saudi man from Hofuf whose illness was announced on Oct 15. The MOH said the man had underlying health problems.

Today's new developments push Saudi Arabia's case total to 1,461 and the number of deaths from the disease to 612.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/10/news-scan-oct-18-2016
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