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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Global MERS count tops 100 with latest from Saudi Arabia

From Robert Roos at CIDRAP :

" In a brief statement, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported three more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), apparently pushing the global case count over 100.

The agency said two of the cases involve a 31-year-old male citizen who has several chronic diseases and is in stable condition in intensive care, and a 55-year-old male citizen who has no symptoms. The older man had contact with a confirmed case-patient. Both cases are in the Asir province in the country's southwest.

In addition, the ministry said a 51-year-old man in Riyadh who had chronic illnesses has died of a coronavirus infection, but it didn't specify whether or not his case was reported previously. The statement apparently was issued late yesterday.

The MOH's English-language media page for MERS-CoV today listed a total of 82 cases with 41 deaths in the country. That amounts to three more cases and one more death than the page showed yesterday, suggesting that all three cases are new."

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