Saudi Arabia reports four new MERS-CoV cases

Saudi Arabia reports four new MERS-CoV cases. | Courtesy of cdc.gov
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Sunday that four more cases of Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported in Saudi Arabia.

The cases, reported between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, involved three females and one male. Two of the females were from Buridah, the other from Riyadh. The affected male was from Najran.

The male affected with MERS-CoV developed symptoms on Dec. 10 and died on Dec. 18. He had frequent contact with camels and consumed unspecified quantities of camel’s milk, the WHO said. It is not known if the link between the camels and the patient’s illness was further explored, nor is it specified that the camels in question were affected or identified as carriers of MERS-CoV.

One of the females from Buridah tested positive for MERS-CoV on Dec. 15. She is in stable condition, recovering in a hospital isolation unit. She has a health history showing previous contact with MERS-CoV but no history of exposure 14 days prior to the identified date of exposure, according to WHO reports.

The other female from Buridah tested positive for MERS-CoV on Nov. 28 and died on Dec. 5. She reportedly suffered from additional health conditions.

The Riyadh patient developed symptoms on Nov. 25. She has been hospitalized since Nov. 30. The source and history of her exposure to MERS-CoV remain under investigation, according to the WHO.

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