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    Posted: November 11 2014 at 7:11pm
Saudi Arabia reports its 800th MERS case, plus death

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported a new MERS-CoV case and the death of a previously reported patient. The new case brings the country's count of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases to 800.

The new case is in a 70-year-old Saudi woman in Al-Kharj, a city not far from Riyadh in central Saudi Arabia. She is hospitalized in critical condition, is not a healthcare worker, and had no contact with MERS case-patients in the community.

The possibility of exposure to MERS-CoV patients in a healthcare setting and potential contact with animals are being investigated, the MOH said. The patient has preexisting disease.

The death reported today is in a 56-year-old Saudi man in Taif in the southwestern part of the country near Mecca, the agency reported. He was not a health worker and had preexisting disease.

The MOH also noted that four patients in Riyadh and one in Taif have recovered from the disease. The Riyadh patients included three Saudis—two men, ages 33 and 41, and a woman, 31—and a 44-year-old male expatriate healthcare worker with preexisting disease. The patient in Taif is a 75-year-old Saudi man who likewise had an underlying condition. He is not a healthcare worker.

Of the 800 Saudi cases, 14 are still active and 340 have been fatal.
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