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    Posted: January 09 2015 at 4:43pm
Saudi Arabia reports 2 new MERS cases

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported two new MERS-CoV cases, in Riyadh and Taif, bringing the year's total to eight.

The case in Riyadh involves an 80-year-old man who had no recent animal exposure or exposure to other patients with MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). He is not a healthcare worker (HCW). The MOH has reported a case in Riyadh on each of 4 consecutive days.

The patient in Taif is a 31-year-old male expatriate who is also not an HCW. He had no contact with MERS patients but did have indirect exposure to animals. The MOH did not specify the nature of the exposure.

Both men have preexisting disease and are hospitalized in stable condition.

The infections raise Saudi Arabia's MERS-CoV count to 833 cases, including 358 fatalities; 9 patients are currently being treated for the disease.
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