Jordan is reporting an imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in a man who has recently come from Saudi Arabia, according to Jordan’s official news agency, Petra.

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin
Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

The man, who is in his 60s, was admitted to a private hospital suffering from breathing difficulty, coughing and fever, the ministry of health said. He was diagnosed to have the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and he is now in critical condition, the ministry added.

Since 2012, 13 MERS cases have been recorded in Jordan, according to official data.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, two more MERS cases have been reported as the nosocomial disease tally is well over 100 for the month of August. A 3rd case was reported from Hufoof.

In addition, the World Health Organization released an outbreak update Wednesday, which listed 29 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 6 deaths notified to the UN health agency between August 18-21.

Saudi Arabia has reported 1,165 cases since June 2012, while globally, the WHO said it has received reports of 1,461 lab-confirmed MERS-CoV cases, at least 514 of them fatal.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today

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