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Overnight the World Health Organization released a new MERS Coronavirus update with details on three previously announced cases from Saudi Arabia.
I’m pleased to note that this update contains more details (in particular, onset and hospitalization dates) than we’ve normally seen coming out of the Saudi Ministry of Health. Hopefully this is the start of a welcome trend.
Of these three cases, two died. I’ve excerpted the case information. Follow the link to read the entire update.
Disease outbreak news
26 November 2013 - WHO has been informed of an additional three laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.
The first patient is a 73-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions from Riyadh who became ill on 12 November 2013, was hospitalized on 14 November 2013 and died on 18 November 2013. The second patient is a 65 year-old man with an underlying medical condition from Jawf region who became ill on 4 November 2013 and was hospitalized on 14 November 2013. The third patient is a 37-year-old man from Riyadh who became ill on 9 November 2013, was hospitalized on 13 November 2013 and died on 18 November 2013. None of the three patients had exposure to animals or contact to a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 160 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 68 deaths.