For the third time this week, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has reported a patient ill with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The most recent case is a 53-year-old man who is hospitalized from Riyadh.
Health officials note he had contact with camels–the World Health Organization says current scientific evidence suggests that dromedary camels are a major reservoir host for MERS-CoV and an animal source of MERS infection in humans.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Since first identified, 2,278 cases have been reported with at least 806 of them fatal.
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