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    Posted: November 29 2016 at 10:24am
WHO: MERS cases down 58% from last year; Saudi Arabia has 3 new cases

In a MERS-CoV situation report today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there are 58% fewer cases reported in September and October of this year compared with the same period last year.

The respiratory illness still primarily occurs in those aged 50 to 59. "However, the females in the age group of 20–29 and 30–39 are acquiring MERS infection in higher numbers when compared to males in the same age group," the WHO reports. That increase may be because more women are healthcare workers and exposed to MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) through patients, the agency said.
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In other news, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a new case of MERS yesterday, diagnosed in a 56-year-old Saudi man from Hafar Al Batin. The man is in stable condition and the source of his infection is listed as primary, meaning he did not contract the disease from another person.

Today the MOH reported two addition cases. A 47-year-old woman in Riyadh is in stable condition. She is a secondary household contact of a primary patient. And a 35-year-old Saudi man from Taif is also in stable condition. The MOH said the man had direct contact with a camel.

The new cases raise Saudi Arabia's MERS-CoV total to 1,488, of which 618 have been fatal. Eight people are still being treated for their infections.
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