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    Posted: March 25 2016 at 9:32pm
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases, 1 fatal

Saudi Arabia today reported two more MERS-CoV cases, one of which is in Buraydah, bringing the number of cases in that north-central city since Mar 3 to 30.

The MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case in Buraydah involves a 57-year-old foreign man who is hospitalized in stable condition, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH). His infection, however, does not appear to be linked to a hospital, because it is listed as "primary." Most cases in Buraydah have been healthcare related.

The other MERS patient is a 76-year-old Saudi woman in Riyadh who died from her infection. Her exposure to the virus is under investigation, the MOH said. Neither of the newly reported patients were healthcare workers.

The agency also reported the death of a 55-year-old male expatriate in Ha'il. He had preexisting disease and was not a health worker. In addition, the MOH noted that two men, a 68-year-old in Shaqra and a 41-year-old in Al Zulfi, have recovered from the disease.

Today's update brings the MERS total in Saudi Arabia since 2012 to 1,357 cases, including 579 deaths.
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