Saudi Arabia reports 4 more MERS cases, 2 fatal

Saturday, September 7, 2013
By Paul Martin

Robert Roos
Sep 06, 2013

Translated information and media reports from Saudi Arabia today cited four more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases there, two of which were fatal.

In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an earlier fatal MERS case in an elderly Tunisian man, previously regarded as probable, has finally been confirmed. The WHO also acknowledged a fatal case that was reported 3 days ago in Qatar.

According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, the two fatal cases in Saudi Arabia involve two women: a 41-year-old expatriate healthcare worker in Riyadh and a 79-year-old Saudi who had chronic illnesses. The older woman had contact with another MERS patient in the northeastern city of Hafr Al-Batin, the story said.

The other two cases involve a 30-year-old Riyadh healthcare worker and a 47-year-old Hafr Al-Batin resident, both of whom are in hospital intensive care units, according to translated information from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH). The translation was posted by Australian virologist Ian Mackay on his “Virology Down Under” blog.

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