Saudi MERS count grows by 6 as WHO experts arrive

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News
Apr 29, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced six more Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, along with three deaths in previous cases, as outbreak response efforts advanced, including the arrival of an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the WHO, said eight members of the expert group are on the ground in Saudi Arabia after being invited by the MOH, with one more expected to arrive tomorrow. He said WHO officials have been in the country on several occasions during the outbreak.

The arrival of the WHO team follows an Apr 23 statement from its Eastern Mediterranean regional office raising concerns about a surge of cases in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and offering to gather international experts to help the countries investigate the outbreaks.

“This is part of normal cooperation,” Jasarevic said. He said WHO officials have been in the country on several occasions during the outbreak.

Six infections, three more deaths

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