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    Posted: June 23 2016 at 6:22am
WHO gives details on 6 Saudi MERS-CoV cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a statement offering new details on 6 cases of MERS-CoV reported on Jun 19 and 20 in Saudi Arabia. Four of the cases are related to the current outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh.

Three of the patients are female hospital workers who worked with the index patient at the hospital. The healthcare workers, all foreigners in their early 30s, were asymptomatic or exhibited only mild symptoms and were identified and tested through tracing of the index patient's healthcare contacts. They had no other risk factors or history of exposure, and are in home isolation.

Another patient, a 42-year-old Saudi man from Riyadh, tested positive for MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) on Jun 19 after developing symptoms 3 days earlier. He is a household contact of a known case-patient and is also in stable condition in home isolation.

The two other patients come from different cities in southern Saudi Arabia. A 44-year-old Saudi man from Najran developed symptoms on Jun 4 and tested positive for MERS-CoV on Jun 18. His exposure history is being investigated while he remains hospitalized in critical condition. He has no known risk factors, but is a smoker. A 51-year-old Saudi man from Taif is in stable condition after testing positive for the disease on Jun 19. His exposure history is also being investigated while he is hospitalized in a negative-pressure room.

The WHO also reported that Saudi Arabia notified the organization of the death of one MERS-CoV patient, a 49-year-old female from Buraydah.
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