Saudi Arabia confirms MERS case

Saudi Arabia confirms MERS case. | Courtesy of the CDC
The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia reported on Monday that a contact of a previous case has been confirmed to have Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The ministry reports that there are currently 12 active cases: three cases have been confirmed in the past three days. This indicates that transmission of the virus is continuing.

The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia reports that a majority of the cases are primary cases, with healthcare-acquired cases being the second leading cause of transmission. Healthcare-acquired cases among staff and patients amounts to 45 percent.

A total of 1,254 cases have been reported in the country since the virus was first reported in 2012, with a reported fatality rate of 43 percent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that symptoms of the disease typically consist of fever, shortness of breath and a cough. More severe complications including pneumonia and kidney failure are also possible. The CDC states that a majority of those who have died from MERS also suffered an additional or underlying condition including: diabetes, diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys and cancer. It has also been reported individuals with these conditions may be at a higher risk of MERS infection.

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