Thursday, May 23, 2013

Updating The Saudi MERS Count




# 7310


Late yesterday we learned of a 17th MERS-CoV (nCoV) fatality in Saudi Arabia – reportedly a non-Saudi in the Al-Qassim region of the country – not connected to the Al-Ahsa outbreak. The following is the barebones announcement from the Saudi MOH site.


MOH: "A Novel Coronavirus Case Passed Away in Al-Qassim Region"

22 May 2013

The Ministry of Health has announced  the demise of a non-Saudi case of novel Coronavirus in al-Qassim region, who had been admitted to hospital a few days ago due to severe acute respiratory syndrome and passed away yesterday on Tuesday, May Allah have mercy upon him.


Within the same vein, MOH has pointed out that most cases have been recorded so far are among the elderly patients and people of multiple chronic diseases.


Furthermore, MOH has underscored that Al-Ahasa governorate did not witness any new cases recorded of this virus in the past five days, May Allah be praised.



While we await a more detailed update from the World Health Organization , they’ve provided the following twitter announcements:



Meanwhile, Robert Roos at CIDRAP NEWS  has put together a comprehensive summary of the latest MERS-CoV news, including new information about the initial Jordanian outbreak in April of 2012, in his article overnight:


New MERS-CoV case reported as puzzles persist

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